An on-line survey of university students with autism spectrum disorder in Australia and New Zealand

characteristics, support satisfaction, and advocacy

Anastasia H. Anderson*, Mark Carter, Jennifer Stephenson

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An on-line survey of 102 (51 females; undergraduate and graduate) university students with ASD across Australia and New Zealand examined student characteristics and satisfaction with academic and non-academic supports. A broad range of disciplines were studied, and the participants’ reported strengths included a passion for learning, strong technology skills, and creative thoughts. The participants’ greatest concerns were academic requirements and mental health, including high rates of self-harm and suicidal ideation. Despite support satisfaction ratings being high, support usage was low, possibly indicating a mismatch of supports and needs, lack of awareness of available supports, and/or poor advocacy skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440–454
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
Early online date28 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020



  • autism spectrum disorder
  • university students
  • educational supports and services
  • on-line survey
  • advocacy

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