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ERIC Number: EJ1052115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
"Why Are We an Ignored Group?" Mainstream Educational Experiences and Current Life Satisfaction of Adults on the Autism Spectrum from an Online Survey
Parsons, Sarah
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n4 p397-421 2015
Adults on the autism spectrum are significantly under-represented in research on educational interventions and support, such that little is known about their views and experiences of schooling and how this prepared them for adult life. In addition, "good outcomes" in adult life are often judged according to normative assumptions and tend not to include the views of adults on the autism spectrum directly. This study reports the findings from an online survey that sought the views of adults on the autism spectrum about their current life satisfaction as well as their views about school. Fifty-five respondents, most of whom attended mainstream schools and were diagnosed later in life, completed the survey. Respondents were least satisfied with their current employment situation and most satisfied with personal relationships and friendships. More than half of the group said they had friends that they know or meet on the Internet. Overall, there was a significant positive correlation between experiences at school and ratings of current life satisfaction, with the younger respondents being generally more positive about the support they had received. There was substantial individual variation in responses also, demonstrating the importance of understanding and respecting personal views, circumstances and aspirations.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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