Higher Education Personnel

[Lit Review] Accommodations and support services for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A national survey of disability resource providers

Brown, K. R. (In Press). Accommodations and support services for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A national survey of disability resource providers. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. Introduction: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder...

[Lit Review] A spectrum of support: Current and best practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at community colleges

Brown K. R., Coomes M. D. (2016). A spectrum of support: Current and best practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 40:6, 465-479, DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2015.1067171...

[Event] National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region 1 Conference

NASPA 2016 Region 1 Conference Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum: What We Know and How We Can Make a Difference Presented By: Personal website NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession....

[News] The UK’s National Associaton for Special Education Needs has a new guide all about girls on the autism spectrum

Autism is recognized and diagnosed far more often in males than females, and typical symptoms can be brushed off when they present in females, or they can be misinterpreted as being rude or shy. The UK National Association for Special Education Needs (nasen) recently...

[News] Stanford researchers are using Google Glass to help individuals with autism work on social skills

For students on the spectrum, one of the hardest parts of college can be the social and behavioral aspects. Google Glass, however, is now under testing as a behavioral therapy aid that could be used to combat these issues even before students make it to college....

[News] Autistic college students can now apply for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Autistic Scholars $5,000 fellowship

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) started providing a handful of college students with autism with a $5,000 fellowship last year, and the application for this year's cohort is still available. Those who are selected are expected to foster a sense of Autistic...

[Training] Learn about legal and practical considerations for education administrators working with students on the autism spectrum

Law firm, Fisher Phillips will be holding a webinar hosted by attorneys Scott Schneider and Josh Zugish for those who wish to learn more about the legal and practical matters education administrators should consider when working with students on the autism spectrum....

[News] When I told my classmates I have Autism

Kerry Magro tells his story about revealing that he has autism to his classmates. From fears to inspiration, Kerry has created an autism advocacy student organization and non-profit organization to fund scholarships for students with autism. He states that “autism cannot define who you are, only you can define autism”. Click this link to read his story.

[Internship] Curriculum Development and Training

The Curriculum Development Interns will play an integral role in developing and identifying the training initiatives of the College Autism Network (CAN). The interns will develop curricula, materials, and resources for distinct stakeholder audiences. One intern will focus on training for postsecondary administrators and instructors; the other intern will focus on training for autistic students and their advocates. Curriculum Development Interns will also deliver training programs locally and nationally, both in-person and online. The interns will work closely with other team members of CAN to produce training materials that are evidence-based, accessible to all types of learners, and scalable across multiple platforms.

[Internship] Institutional Outreach

The Institutional Outreach Intern will cultivate effective working relationships between the College Autism Network (CAN) and institutional stakeholders at colleges and universities from across the country as well as connections among campus-based ASD programs. The intern will connect with student advocates and college administrators at campus-based ASD programs to gather information on specific initiatives, research, and good practices designed to support college students with autism. The person in this position will work with CAN’s Student Advocacy and Support team to highlight these initiatives by writing blog posts, producing program summaries, and contributing to an online database of programs and services that facilitate postsecondary success for autistic students.

[Blog] Personal Mentorship, Institutional Constraints, and Social Stigma for College Students with Autism

As a part of the College Autism Network since its early days, I have constantly been inspired by the stories I have heard and the comments I have read from students with autism. This fascination prompted me to seek out an internship with the student disability office...

[Training] Supporting Students with Disabilities

This website provides the viewer with free and interactive learning modules. These modules inform the viewer of basic information of each disability listed. This information includes myths/facts, definitions, implications for learning, a video, and a scenario section. Click this link to access an interactive free educational resource that highlights many disabilities that impact students on our campuses!

[Blog] Mutant Mice, Hybrid Creatures, and the Double-Edged Sword of the Color Blue: First Impressions from the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR 2016)

“The premier research conference for autism” That’s how one of the students I used to work with described IMFAR, the “International Meeting For Autism Research.” I hadn’t even heard of it until last year when that student expressed a sort of resignation that our work...

[Internship] Social Media

The Social Media Intern manages the College Autism Network’s (CAN) social media presence. Working with other members of the Media and Communication team (Graphic Design, Video Production, Web Development and Design, and Public Relations), the Social Media Intern will leverage social media to cultivate an engaged network of stakeholders committed to improving college access, experiences, and outcomes for students with autism. The Social Media intern will manage the day-to-day activities of CAN’s Facebook and Twitter account, implement processes to facilitate efficient interaction with our digital clientele, and work with the leadership team to develop a long-term strategy for the College Autism Network’s social media efforts.

[Internship] Public Relations

The Public Relations (PR) Intern oversees the media relations functions of the College Autism Network (CAN). This PR specialist will establish relationships with local and national press outlets for the purpose of securing placement in paper, TV, and online publications. As part of the Media and Communication team (Graphic Design, Video Production, Web Development and Design, and Social Media) the PR intern will help accelerate the growing media presence of CAN.

[Internship] Video Production

The Video Production Intern will play an active role developing videos that will shape public perceptions about autism and the College Autism Network (CAN). The intern will work with a Media & Communication team (Graphic Design, Website, Social Media, and Public Relations) to produce short, videos that will be used for public advocacy, marketing, training, and content dissemination. The intern will also lead the production of videos for CAN’s signature CanDoCollege project, which will post weekly videos, pictures, and/or essays highlighting individual college students with autism. We envision the intern creating material inspired by projects like Humans of New York and I, Too, Am Harvard.

[Lit Review] Marginalization of published scholarship on students with disabilities in higher education journals

While numbers of students with disabilities continue to rise in postsecondary education, little is known about the extent to which the scholarship on this student population has kept pace. A critical content analysis was conducted to review articles on students with...

[Lit Review] Postsecondary Educational Aspirations of High-Functioning Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Parents

Individual interviews with 21 high-functioning adolescents diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their parents were used to assess postsecondary educational aspirations and thoughts concerning obstacles and resources that shape educational achievement of this...

[Lit Review] Postsecondary education options for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities

Currently, there is a paucity of literature on stigmatization of adults with Asperger’s Disorder (AD). Therefore, this study examined whether young adults hold stigmatizing views towards individuals with AD and if that stigmatization is elicited by behaviors or...

[Lit Review] Indicators of Postsecondary Employment and Education for Youth With Disabilities in Relation to GPA and General Education

Taking required courses for postsecondary education and receiving high grades are important, but alone do not give a clear picture of whether students with disabilities will be successful in post-school academic or employment settings. Assessing non-academic skills related to employment and further education can complete this picture of skills students with disabilities will need after leaving high school. Click here to read more!

[Lit Review] A Report on Using General-Case Programming to Teach Collateral Academic Skills to a Student in a Postsecondary Setting

To be successful in university courses, students with intellectual disabilities must have a set of collateral academic skills. Collateral academic skills refer to effective strategies that enable students to access course information and to meet the class requirements outside of course content. Overall students with intellectual disabilities have a hard time learning and generalizing new skills. Systematic instruction and inclusion can help. Click this link to read the full annotation.

[Lit Review] Transition from School to Adulthood for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What we Know and what we Need to Know

Parents and teachers may observe depressed mood, anxiety, heightened levels of inappropriate behavior, and victimization by peers in adolescents who have ASD… Overall, youth with ASD reported lower rates of self-determination and satisfaction than other youth with disabilities. Click this link to read the full annotation.

[Research] AERA 2015

How do adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder make sense of and respond to autism-specific barriers to postsecondary success? Drawing data from in-person interviews of adults with ASD who have attended college, this study amplifies the voice of an often-overlooked population of college students and highlights opportunities to improve postsecondary experiences for students with ASD.

[Training] NASPA 2016

Autism in Higher Education: Barriers and Bridges in a Changing Landscape

1:15-2:05 PM on Monday, March 14th in Meeting Room 130 of the Indianapolis Convention Center

Through the lens of student vignettes, the audience will discuss the autistic student experience on campus and learn why common institutional practices may need to be amended in order to better serve this population.