ERIC Number: EJ1090026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Overview and Evaluation of a Mentorship Program for University Students with ASD
Ames, Megan E.; McMorris, Carly A.; Alli, Lisa N.; Bebko, James M.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v31 n1 p27-36 Mar 2016
The number of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) pursuing postsecondary education is increasing. A mentorship program was developed to help students with ASD navigate the social and academic framework of postsecondary campus life. The present study (a) provides information about a sample of university students with ASD and (b) evaluates satisfaction with the support provided. This is the first study in Canada to report on the experience of students with ASD and to evaluate this novel approach. Students (N = 23) provided demographic information in the fall and completed surveys evaluating their satisfaction at the end of each academic year. Since beginning the program, the number of students has increased by 200%. High levels of satisfaction were reported. The majority of students reported success in achieving personal goals in part due to their participation in the program. Results better inform the development of supports for students with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, College Students, Mentors, Student Attitudes, Student Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Peer Relationship, Foreign Countries, Comorbidity, Mental Disorders, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Academic Support Services, Interviews, Goal Orientation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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