Educating College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is one of the first books to specifically address the accommodation of students with significant learning differences in postsecondary education. Developed with the support of Autism Speaks, and piloted at Pace University, each component of this book is scientifically-based and provides a model of emerging best practices for college instruction involving students with ASD. The text is designed to give college faculty a deep understanding of students with ASD and help faculty to productively engage students with ASD, while also meeting the needs of all students in their classes. The strategies included in the manual are solidly grounded in principles of universal design and will prove indispensible for teaching college students of varying ability levels and diverse learning styles.
A companion video shows clips of students and educators that are engaged in inclusive practices to illustrate approaches that have been successful in dealing with challenging situations in the classroom.
"Recognizing the increasing diversity of our college classrooms, Educating College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders provides a useful overview of common challenges experienced by students on the autism spectrum and helpful strategies and suggestions for faculty who wish to support them in their classrooms." —Teachers College Record
Section I Introduction
This section explains who these students are, why they are arriving in greater numbers at colleges, and legal mandates regarding students’ educational rights and college/professorial responsibilities.
Section II In the Classroom
Section II considers specific learning characteristics and styles of students with ASD and provides recommended strategies for engaging and assessing students on the spectrum.
Section III Case Studies
In Section III, particular cases are used to highlight student and faculty experiences and to illustrate approaches that have been successful in dealing with challenging situations.
Section IV Annotated References and Resources
A final section includes a list of resources with descriptions for learning more about teaching and supporting students on the autism spectrum.