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.
Quick Links: Key organizations, services, and resources for students and advocates
College Autism Spectrum: independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families.
Wrong Planet: web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for Autistic self-advocates
[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.read more
Results indicate that students responded more positively 1) when primed to consider ASD, and 2) when required interaction is lower.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
In this issue brief: Highlights from the first article in top-tier higher education journal to ever mention autism. A new model to help students and institutions anticipate, address, and overcome challenges that might otherwise undermine the chances of...read more
2017 Association for Student Conduct Association Conference [Panel] Challenge and Support on the Autism Spectrum: Lessons from the Field Thursday, February 2, 4:45 PM Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, FL The rise in the number of college students with Autism Spectrum...read more
NASPA 2017 Mental Health Strategies Conference Building Campus-Wide Understanding of Students with Autism Saturday, January 21, 9:45 am, Austin, TX More students come to campus each year with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s. How can we help our...read more
NASPA 2016 Region 1 Conference Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum: What We Know and How We Can Make a Difference Presented By: Personal website NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession....read more
ASHE 2016 Conference A Spectrum of Student Success: Identifying Factors Affecting Access, Experiences, and Outcomes for Students on the Autism Spectrum One of every 68 children in the United States has autism, a rate of diagnosis that has more than doubled during...read more
Mental Health Matter 2016 Conference Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum: What We Know and How We Can Make a Difference Presented by: Personal website The second annual Mental Health Matters (MHM) conference continues its original mission to bring together...read more
[Research] CAN Executive Director Brad Cox receives $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study autism in STEM students
A three-year, $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Dr. Brad Cox (Executive Director of the College Autism Network and Associate Professor of Education at Florida State University) to examine how autism-related characteristics influence...read more
Student Concerns Florida State University Support Systems Florida State University Disclosure & Identity Associate Professor, Florida State University Personal Website Safe Spaces Florida State University Background: With roughly 16,000 ASD students entering...read more
Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), the Symposium is an annual showcase for undergraduate student researchers from across campus to present their work to the university community. Presenters: Florida State University Florida...read more
To address this gap in existing research, our study sought out firsthand accounts of college students with autism. Student testimonials were gathered from the website WrongPlanet.net: an online resource for individuals on the autism spectrum that provides articles,...read more
Best Poster Award at the 2015 FLASHA conference. Findings emphasize how students make sense of the college transition process and how they communicate with each other in an online forum.read more
How do adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder make sense of and respond to autism-specific barriers to postsecondary success? Drawing data from in-person interviews of adults with ASD who have attended college, this study amplifies the voice of an often-overlooked population of college students and highlights opportunities to improve postsecondary experiences for students with ASD.read more
Autism in Higher Education: Barriers and Bridges in a Changing Landscape
1:15-2:05 PM on Monday, March 14th in Meeting Room 130 of the Indianapolis Convention Center
Through the lens of student vignettes, the audience will discuss the autistic student experience on campus and learn why common institutional practices may need to be amended in order to better serve this population.read more