CANVAS

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2022

Wed., October 5, 2022, 5 p.m. ET
  • Brian Irvine (Doctoral Researcher in Specialist (Autism) Mentoring, University of Birmingham)
  • Presentation Title: Framing and Reframing: Specialist (Autism) Mentoring in UK HEIs
  • Description:  Universities in the UK have seen a remarkable increase in the number of autistic students.  These students receive funded Specialist (Autism) Mentoring to “remove barriers to learning”.  Questions posed by mentees as autistic hypothesisers inspired diaries kept by 28 mentors, of whom 8 themselves were autistic. A process of framing and reframing emerged as a key pillar of mentoring autistic students akin to the frame alignment of social movements.  Through the nurturing of advocacy autistic students are not simply inducted into university culture, they are equipped to change it.
Fri., November 11, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
  • Aylin Ulker, OTD, OTR/L & Tom Beeson, EdS (Clemson University)
  • Presentation Title: Sensory Inclusion in Higher Education: Neurodiverse and Neurotypical Experiences and Perspectives
  • Presentation Description: This study was conducted as part of an occupational therapy student’s capstone project at Clemson University to address the missing gap of sensory inclusion in higher education. Sensory processing differences are a common characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder and can negatively impact autistic students’ college experience. A focus group was held among 6 neurodiverse students enrolled in the Spectrum Program, and a campus-wide survey was sent to neurodiverse and neurotypical students, faculty, and staff. Results indicate that sensory inclusive designs and support have the potential to benefit neurodiverse students and the greater campus population as a whole.

Coming This Spring!

  • Kayden Stockwell (Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia)
  • Presentation Title:  “I just had to figure out what I was doing and hope I was correct”: Autistic young adults navigate higher education
  • Description: To understand the University of Virginia’s campus climate towards autistic students, we conducted interviews with the intention of providing feedback to the university on where supports have been working and recommendations on how they could be improved. As we examined the responses, we noticed many students shared experiences of not knowing about resources or difficulties in accessing resources. Here, we’ll discuss the patterns of barriers that occurred across institutional, social, and sensory domains.

2022

September

Drs. Brett Nachman (University of Arkansas) & Brad Cox (Florida State University)  Launching Project PEACES:  A National Survey of Autistic College Student Success 

August

Dr. Amber Meyers (Tarrant County College)  People Matter:  Recruiting Autistic High School Students into Dual Credit Classes

July

Dr. Theo C. Bakker (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) – Study Progression and Success of Autistic Students in Higher Education,  A Longitudinal, Propensity Score-Weighted Population Study 

May 

Brett Nachman, Ph.D. (Director of Research, College Autism Network; Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, North Carolina State University) –Translating Passion to Professional Pathways: Supporting Autistic Community College Students’ Career Aspirations

April

Dr. Brittany L. Jackson (Online Learning Manager, Hiram College, Director of Training and Technology, College Autism Network) – Postsecondary Social Support Programs for Students with ASD as Described by Students, Directors, and Staff

March

Dr. Jill Underhill (Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Marshall University) and Victoria Ann Ledford (Doctoral Candidate, Communication Science and Social Cognition, University of Maryland) – Autistic Student Success in Public Speaking Courses 

February

Dr. Sally Reis (Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor), Dr. Joseph Madaus (Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Director, Collaborative on Postsecondary Education and Disability), and Dr. Nicholas W. Gelbar (Associate Research Professor); all at the University of ConnecticutUnderstanding the Academic Success of Academically Talented Students with ASD

January

Helen Rottier (University of Illinois Chicago/Institute on Disability and Human Development) – Constellation Mentoring- Evaluating a Novel Approach to Support Autistic College Students

2021

November

Dr. Mary Baker-Ericzén (San Diego State University) – College SUCCESS

October

Dr. Hyejung Kim (Binghamton University) – Korean American Autistic College Student’s Experience

September

Dr. TC Waisman (Doctor of Innovation at Autism Training Academy) – How higher education leaders, faculty, and staff can enhance services and outcomes for Autistic students 

August

Dr. Jane McLeod (Associate Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Provost Professor of Sociology; Indiana University) – College and Beyond for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

July

Dr. Amelia Anderson (Assistant Professor of Library & Information Studies Darden College of Education and Professional Studies; Old Dominion University) – The Intersection of Libraries and Autism

May

Dr. Jess Monahan (Research Manager, Spectrum Scholars; University of Delaware), Cherie Fishbaugh (Director of Autism Services; West Chester University), & Laurie Ackles (Director, Spectrum Support Program; RIT) – Understanding Autistic College Students’ Needs in the Times of COVID-19

April

Dr. Jess Monahan (Research Manager, Spectrum Scholars; University of Delaware) and Dr. Brian Freedman (Associate Director, Center for Students with Disabilities & Director, Spectrum Scholars; University of Delaware)  Social Skills Interventions for Young Adults: Fitting into a Neurotypical World?

March

Dr. Craig Thompson (Curtin University) & Dr. Melissa Black (Curtin University) – Autistic Adults’ Success Factors for Employment and Beyond

February

Dr. Laura Graham Holmes (Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate; Boston University) & Dr. Emily Rothman (Professor, Community Health Sciences; Boston University)  Using Formative Research to Develop HEARTS: A Healthy Relationships Promoting Intervention for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

January

Courtney Butler (Program Coordinator, College Support Program; Rutgers University) – An Individualized Approach to Teaching Adults with Autism to Successfully Navigate Job Interviews via Remote Instruction

2020

November

Cheryl Widman (University of Illinois at Chicago) – Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

October

Julie Lounds Taylor (Vanderbilt University)  Serving as an editor of the Autism journal: “Pulling back the curtain: tips from the editorial desk.”

September

Jonathan Vincent (York St. John University) Transitions from higher education for autistic students and graduates: qualitative insights from the UK context

August

Eilidh Cage (University of Stirling) and Jack Howes (Autistic Writer and Fundraiser)  Dropping out: Understanding the university experiences of autistic students who could not complete their studies

July

Alexandra Sturm (Loyola Marymount University) – Academic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Incoming College Freshmen with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Comorbidity and Gender

May

Ryan A. Miller (University of North Carolina-Charlotte) –  Emerging research on the experiences of autistic LGBTQ college students

April

Sean LaRoque (Mansfield Hall) –Measuring autistic college students’ journeys to adulthood using the Pathway to Independence Inventory: Development, results and lessons learned at Mansfield Hall – a residential college support program for students with learning differences

March

Jodi Duke and Grace Francis (George Mason University) – Research on autistic college students and co-occurring mental health disorder; discussions on the impact of needs and coping strategies

February

Amy Radochonski (College Living Experience) –  “Crosswalks” between postsecondary education institutions and independent autism programs

January

Brad Cox (Florida State University | College Autism Network)

2019

November

Stephen Shore (Adelphi University)

October

Kimberly Ha (Organization for Autism Research)

September

Fred Volkmar (Yale University | Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

August

Valérie Van Hees (Artevelde University College Ghent)

July

Anastasia Anderson (Macquarie University)

May

Kirsten Brown (Edgewood College)

April

Sasha Zeedyk and Yasamine Bolourian (University of California-Riverside)

March

Jiedi Li (University of Bath)

February

Solvegi Shmulsky (Landmark College)

January

Theo Bakker (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

2018

November

Nicholas Gelbar

October

Jennifer Yu and Xin We

September

Amy Accardo

August

Monique N. Colclough

WAYS TO BECOME INVOLVED

  1. Check out the minutes, presentations, and articles from previous monthly meetings (see links on this page).
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  4. Contact Brett Ranon Nachman (bnachman@wisc.edu) to get updates about upcoming CANVAS meetings.
  5. Visit our CANVAS Google Drive (here we share our meeting agendas, minutes, and other CANVAS content; you can even post a profile about yourself and your work)