Research

This section of the College Autism Network website presents three distinct sets of research-related resources.
Fast Fact #4 - Taylor & DaWalt

Fast Fact #4 – We all fall down

Fast Fact #4 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 sort of disruption in their employment or...
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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...

Fast Fact #3

Fast Fact #3 Beyond the Label of Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) describes a set of behaviors associated with specific differences in how one’s brain perceives and processes environmental input. It is a “spectrum condition” that affects...

[Event] ASHE Presentation

ASHE Presentation Houston, TX, Nov. 2017 In Search of Actionable Insights Regarding College Students with Autism: A Systematic Literature Review This paper draws from a systematic review of articles published since 2000 to summarize what is currently known about...

Fast Fact #2

Fast Fact #2 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...
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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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