College Students on the Autism Spectrum:  Challenges and Strategies for Student Affairs Professional

with Lee Burdette Williams

About This Course

This briefing provides an overview of autism in college students, the challenges our campus environments present, and strategies to assist staff and faculty in serving this often-misunderstood population of students.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a concomitant increase in the number of college students with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism, often known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Research has shown that early intervention and intensive support and therapy during the pre-college years make an enormous difference in the opportunities available to a person with autism. Through grade 12, many children with autism receive these services, leading them to be college-capable.

The challenges of autism, however, often present seemingly insurmountable difficulties for these college students, and there is a significant fall-off in available services once these students enter college. And yet, we admit them to our institutions anticipating their success, based largely on the successes they have had in high school. What can we do on our campuses to better serve these students?

It is not a matter of simply enlarging the staff of the disabilities office. All faculty and staff need to be educated and empowered to work effectively with these students who bring a level of diversity to our campus that is often overlooked. This briefing provides an overview of autism in college students, the challenges our campus environments present, and strategies to assist staff and faculty in serving this often-misunderstood population of students. 

Pricing

This session is $199 for NASPA members, $269 for non-members. Pricing will be accurately reflected in your cart.

Accessing the Presentation

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