Poster or Presentation Title

Voices of Autism: Perceptions of College Students With Autism on the Transition from Secondary School to Higher Education

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The topic of this thesis is the transition of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from secondary education into higher education. It will explore what kind of support provided to the students during their transition and whether the support was helpful. It will also explore what the greatest challenges were for the students with ASD during their transition from secondary education into higher education. Participants will fill out a questionnaire which will ask participants about their experiences transitioning from secondary school to higher education. The researcher will then compile their answers and search for common themes.

This research is important because, many students with ASD are graduating from high school every year, and many of them want to be able to go to college or university, but in order to be successful they need accommodations and support in both academic and social areas of college.

This research is unique, because most previous research about ASD has been from the perspective of parents and caregivers of children with autism. My research will focus on young adults, and the perspectives will come directly from people who are actually autistic instead of their families or caregivers

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Faculty Mentor

Joanne Newton, Sara Hallowell, Laura Kicklighter

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Voices of Autism: Perceptions of College Students With Autism on the Transition from Secondary School to Higher Education

The topic of this thesis is the transition of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from secondary education into higher education. It will explore what kind of support provided to the students during their transition and whether the support was helpful. It will also explore what the greatest challenges were for the students with ASD during their transition from secondary education into higher education. Participants will fill out a questionnaire which will ask participants about their experiences transitioning from secondary school to higher education. The researcher will then compile their answers and search for common themes.

This research is important because, many students with ASD are graduating from high school every year, and many of them want to be able to go to college or university, but in order to be successful they need accommodations and support in both academic and social areas of college.

This research is unique, because most previous research about ASD has been from the perspective of parents and caregivers of children with autism. My research will focus on young adults, and the perspectives will come directly from people who are actually autistic instead of their families or caregivers

.