Research

This section of the College Autism Network website presents two distinct sets of research-related resources. This page focuses on literature reviews.

Literature Reviews

The CAN team regularly reviews other scholars’ articles published in peer-reviewed journals. We hope to make this body of research more user-friendly and readily accessible by providing a summary of each article, offering a brief critique, and discussing the implications of the findings.

Quick Links: Members of the CAN team are actively generating new scholarship related to college students with autism.

Published Article: Cox, B. E., Thompson, K., Anderson, A., Mintz, A., Locks, T. Morgan, L., Edelstein, J., & Wolz, A (In Press at Journal of College Student Development). College experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Personal identity, public disclosure, and institutional support.

IMFAR 2016 Presentations – Drawing on two years of qualitative research, the College Autism Network team is presenting four (4) posters at the 2016 International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR). Posters include analyses of autistic students’ concerns, use support services, efforts to find safe spaces, and development of personal identity.

UROP Presentations – Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), the Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual showcase for undergraduate student researchers from across campus to present their work to the university community.

NASPA 2016 Presentation – This presentation helps introduce practitioners to college students with ASD, identify common barriers to success, and share practices to overcome these challenges. 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.

[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!

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[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.

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[Lit Review] The Impact of Labels and Behaviors on the Stigmatization of Adults with Asperger’s Disorder

In this study, the average participant rated their knowledge of AD “none to moderate,” and 2/3 indicated that they had to exposure to an individual with AD. Behavior among AD individuals elicited more stigmatization according to the Social Distance Scale than labeling. Additionally, no prior knowledge of behavior leads to stigmatization (not just behavior alone). Click here to read more.

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