Fast Fact #7

Accommodations and Support in Higher Education:
Insights from the Autism Community

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.

Students reported various challenges with their accommodations:

  • Professors do not always understand why accommodations are necessary, or exactly how to implement them in their classrooms.
  • The process to receive accommodations is often long or strenuous, usually requiring a formal diagnosis.
  • Accommodations don’t cover all the students’ needs, such as social and sensory needs which are not as easy to accommodate for in a regular classroom.

This material is based, in part, upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1612090.

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