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ERIC Number: EJ1086627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
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Educational Experiences and Needs of Higher Education Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cai, Ru Ying; Richdale, Amanda L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n1 p31-41 Jan 2016
Little research directly examines the needs of post-secondary students with ASD. The experiences and support needs of 23 students with ASD enrolled in two universities and four colleges, and 15 family members were explored in 15 semi-structured focus groups. Thematic analysis identified five themes: core ASD features, co-morbid conditions, transition, disclosure, and services and support. Most students felt educationally but not socially supported; most families felt support was poor in both areas. Transition from secondary school was often unplanned, and disclosure of diagnosis usually occurred after enrolment, often following a significant problem. Many parents provided substantial student support. Thus disclosure of ASD diagnosis and meeting the individual needs of these students are important considerations as higher education enrolments increase.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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