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.