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A1: Across the Spectrum: Insights and Best Practices When Working with Students with ASD
April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
With a significant increase in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), faculty and staff are seeing a growing number of students with ASD making the transition to postsecondary education settings. As colleges grapple with issues related to student retention and persistence, many of the same models, supports, and accommodations may not be as readily applicable to students with ASD. Skills in the area of communication, self-advocacy, social interactions, and study skills have all been shown to contribute to student success and retention, but often are areas of challenge for students with ASD. Faculty and staff may also require additional consultative support to address classroom management and behavior issues that can be related to ASD. The current session will utilize a panel of college students with ASD to explore the misconceptions associated with ASD and the real-life experience and perspectives of students with ASD when it comes to navigating the college environment. The discussion will seek to provide student perspectives, strategies, and best practices to support and meet the needs of students with ASD in the college setting.