Research

This section of the College Autism Network website presents three distinct sets of research-related resources.
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[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.

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[Event] INSAR2018 – Peer Responses to Autism-Related Behaviors in a Postsecondary Classes

Results indicate that students responded more positively 1) when primed to consider ASD, and 2) when required interaction is lower.

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Fast Fact #5 – Half of the youth with autism did not experience any disruption in education or employment after high school.

Fast Fact #5 Half of the youth with autism did not experience any disruption in education or employment after high school. Among the 36 youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)... * 10 people remained in the same activity since high school. * 8 people experienced...
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Fast Fact #4 – We all fall down

Fast Fact #4 We all fall down, but we get up again! In Taylor and DaWalt’s recent study, about half of the participants experienced some “disruption,” like being fired, or leaving a post-secondary education program. Out of those 8 participants who experienced some...
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Journal of College Student Development

  Cox, B. E., Thompson, K., Anderson, A., Mintz, A., Locks, T. Morgan, L., Edelstein, J., & Wolz, A. (2017). College experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Personal identity, public disclosure, and institutional support. Journal of College...
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Our Research

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.

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Literature Reviews

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.

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Types of Supports

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.

Quick Links: Key organizations, services, and resources for students and advocates
Issue BriefIndividuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are completing high school with reasonable expectations for postsecondary success. College educators are likely ill prepared to provide appropriate support for these students.
Fast Fact #1Why do only 1 in 225 new college students report having autism?
Journal of College Student Development: A large and fast-growing population of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are completing high school with reasonable expectations for postsecondary success. However, without empirical literature to guide them, college educators are likely ill prepared to provide appropriate support for these students. Drawing from personal interviews with a diverse group of students with autism...

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