Fast Facts

Visually appealing, single-page documents highlight initial findings and key insights from recent research.

Fast Fact #10 College Success Means More than Just Grades

Fast Fact #10 College Success Means More than Just Grades Researchers asked students “how do you define success as a college student?” Their answers suggest students seek accomplishment both inside and outside the classroom.   Source: Accardo, A. L. (2017)....

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Fast Fact #9 Mentoring can be more than academic.

Typical accommodations for students with autism in higher education focus on academic issues. But students with autism might also benefit from mentors focused on social and emotional needs. Such guidance would be especially important for students just beginning their college experience.

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Fast Fact #6 – Family Matters

Fast Fact #6 Family Matters... To Continuous Employment and Education! “There were no significant associations between group and any of the individual factors (i.e., IQ, adaptive behavior, autism severity, behavior problems, and stress reactivity). In terms of family...

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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.

Among the 36 youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)…

* 10 people remained in the same activity since high school.

* 8 people experienced upward mobility (either “becoming employed while maintaining enrollment in postsecondary education, taking a few classes to being a full time student, going from a sheltered pre-vocational setting to a supported joy or going from no activities to a supported job”) after high school.

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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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Fast Fact #3: Beyond the Label of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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...

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Fast Fact #1: 1 in 68 or 1 in 225?

Fast Fact #1 We’ve all heard the statistic that 1 in 68 people are diagnosed with ASD. But only 1 in 225 beginning college students in our study self-reported ASD. This material is based, in part, upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant...

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