Fast Fact #2

Although only 10 incoming first-year students self-disclose ASD, 148 reported having enough Autism-related characteristics to warrant clinical assessment.

This inconsistency could be because…


– ASD is by definition a spectrum, so even when identifying with several Autism-related characteristics, people may not necessarily have enough for a formal diagnosis;

– Some people who have ASD avoid disclosing it to their school because they don’t see it as a disability, they want to try college on their own, or for fear of stigma;

– Many new college students don’t have the resources to see a specialist;

– Often, people don’t know the benefits of having a diagnosis.

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