Perspectives of former students with ASD from Australia and New Zealand on their university experience

Anastasia H. Anderson*, Jennifer Stephenson, Mark Carter

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Abstract

The university experience of students with ASD was explored through a qualitative study of 11 former university students and six significant others from Australia and New Zealand. A range of key issues were identified including difficulties encountered when studying, reasons for completion and non-completion, supports used, and coping strategies used by the participants. Many switched to part-time to manage their poor mental health and/or executive function and most had slow rates of progress. Also, some felt they had made poor discipline choices. The participants offered suggestions for future students and for making universities more autism friendly, and the possible need for transition and more structured study supports was identified.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • advocacy
  • ASD
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • educational supports and services
  • qualitative study
  • university students

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