ResearchThis section of the College Autism Network website presents three distinct sets of research-related resources.
[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.
Fast Fact #5 – Half of the youth with autism did not experience any disruption in education or employment after high school.
Members of the CAN team are actively generating new scholarship related to college students with autism. The products of this work (including conference papers, presentations, and posters) categorized as “original research” on this website.
The CAN team regularly reviews other scholars’ articles published in peer-reviewed journals. We hope to make this body of research more user-friendly and readily accessible by providing a summary of each article, offering a brief critique, and discussing the implications of the findings.
There are numerous supports available for college students on the spectrum. It can be confusing and overwhelming to decide what is right for you or your student. We created these resources after research into various college support programs to help guide you through the process of finding a college that is the best fit for your situation.