This section of the College Autism Network website presents two distinct sets of research-related resources. This page focuses on 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.
Parsons, B. M. (2016). Local autism policy networks: Expertise and intermediary organizations. Educational Policy, doi:10.1177/0895904816673743 Introduction: The increasing prevalence of diagnoses for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), now one in 68 children according to...read more
White, S. W., Ollendrick, T. H., Bray, B. C. (2011). College students on the autism spectrum: Prevalence and associated problems. Sage Publications and the National Autistic Society, 15(6), 683-701. Introduction: As more young people are identified with autism...read more
Job, L. E., & White, S. W. (2007). Loneliness, social relationships, and a broader autism phenotype in college students. Personality and Individual Differences, 42(8), p. 1479-1489. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2006.10.021 Introduction: Impaired social functioning is a...read more
Glennon, T. J. (2001). The stress of the university experience for students with Asperger syndrome. Work, 17(3), 183-190. Introduction: College students, with or without disabilities, are faced with numerous stressful situations within the university environment. For...read more
[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...read more
[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...read more
Barnhill, G. (2016). Supporting students with asperger syndrome on college campuses: Current practices. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 31(1), p.3-15. Introduction: With the increasing number of students with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high...read more
[Lit Review] Effects of video modeling on communicative social skills of college students with asperger syndrome
Mason, R. A., Rispoli, M., Ganz, J. B., Boles, M. B., & Orr, K. (2012). Effects of video modeling on communicative social skills of college students with asperger syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(6), 425-434. Introduction: Empirical support...read more
[Lit Review] Brief report: Early social communication behaviors in the younger siblings of children with autism
The early social and communicative development of very young siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the focus of the current study. Three groups of children were included: (1) young children diagnosed with ASD, (2) younger siblings in families...read more
[Lit Review] Changing College Student’s Conceptions of Autism: An Online Training to Increase Knowledge and Decrease Stigma
College students with autism may be negatively impacted by lack of understanding about autism on college campuses. Thus, we developed an online training to improve knowledge and decrease stigma associated with autism among college students. Participants (N=365)...read more
[Lit Review] Policy Implications of High School Reform on College and Career Readiness of Youth With Disabilities
High school redesign (HSR) efforts currently focus on helping schools prepare all students to be college and career ready. As these initiatives are provided within the context of high schools, students with Individualized Education Programs are impacted by any effort...read more
[Lit Review] Predictive factors of participation in postsecondary education for high school leavers with autism
This exploratory study was designed to identify the factors predictive of participation in postsecondary education for high school leavers with autism. A secondary data analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) data was performed for this study....read more
A five-month exploratory study was conducted with iOS mobile devices in two Toronto area schools with students in grades 7 through 12. Both classrooms were identified as Special Education classes by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and each student was identified as...read more
[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...read more
Barnhill, G., Sumutka, B., Polloway, E., & Lee, E. (2013). Personnel Preparation Practices in ASD: A Follow-Up Analysis of Contemporary Practices. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 29, 39-49. DOI:10.1177/1088357612475294 Introduction: The...read more
[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...read more
[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...read more
Anxiety is known to be common among young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yet little is known about the nature of their experiences or the strategies they use to live and cope with their reported anxiety. In this qualitative study, we began to address...read more
[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!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.read more
[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.read more
[Lit Review] Autism after adolescence: Population-based 13- to 22- year follow-up study of 120 individuals with autism diagnosed in childhood
Out of 120 participants, the outcome was poor in 78% of the cases. In this very emotional and educational study, six of the participants had died at the time of follow-up, and six declined participation. Click this link to read more about the unbelievable statistics.read more
[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.read more