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Evaluation of a Transition to University Programme for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Authors
  • Lei, Jiedi1
  • Calley, Steph2
  • Brosnan, Mark2
  • Ashwin, Chris2
  • Russell, Ailsa2
  • 1 Centre for Applied Autism Research, Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. [email protected]
  • 2 Centre for Applied Autism Research, Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2020
Volume
50
Issue
7
Pages
2397–2411
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3776-6
PMID: 30315485
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Applying to university can be an anxiety-provoking time for many autistic students, though enrolment can be increased by actively involving them in transition planning. We provide an evaluation of a transition to university pilot programme (Autism Summer School) for autistic students (16-19 years) who are seeking to apply/attend university. The content focused on introducing students to various aspects of university life including academic (sample lectures), social (e.g., clubs and societies), and daily living (eating in university canteen and staying in student accommodation). Students' quantitative and qualitative feedback are positive and promising, showing significant reduction across a range of concerns related to transition to university after the programme, as well as general optimism related to starting university.

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