AdvocacyThis section of the College Autism Network website presents three distinct sets of advocacy-related resources.
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Formal accommodations may not adequately support students’ academic needs. One reason for this deficiency is that student accommodations are not always fulfilled by teachers, which can be very challenging for students.
[Event] INSAR2018 – Are Autistic Students More Stigmatized Than Other Types of Neurodiverse College Students?
We compared stigma towards college students with different disorders and examined factors that contribute to stigma towards autism in particular. Findings suggest that autism is less stigmatized on college campuses than disorders like psychopathy and schizophrenia which may be perceived as dangerous. Indeed, stigma towards the label “autism” was associated with perceived dangerousness. Stigma was consistently related to quality of prior contact with autism, suggesting that interventions which put autistic students into high quality contact with peers are powerful tools for stigma reduction.
Results indicate that students responded more positively 1) when primed to consider ASD, and 2) when required interaction is lower.
Members of the CAN team occasionally outline emerging findings, explore creative ideas, present opportunities for involvement, or reflect on the implications of our work. These musings are categorized as “blog posts” on this website.
There are numerous supports out there for college students on the spectrum. It can be confusing to decide what is right for you and what programs fit your needs. Through research into autism support programs at higher education institutions in the US, we have compiled this list to inform students, parents, and educators about what is available to help students find the program that best fits their needs.
Quick Links: Key organizations, services, and resources for students and advocates
College Autism Spectrum: independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families.
Wrong Planet: web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership training for Autistic self-advocates