HURDLES AND DRIVERS AFFECTING AUTISTIC STUDENTS' HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE: LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE MULTINATIONAL AUTISM&UNI RESEARCH STUDY

Marc Fabri, Penny Andrews
2016 INTED2016 Proceedings   unpublished
Autism&Uni is an EU-funded project which aims to support greater numbers of young adults on the autism spectrum to gain access to HE and to navigate the transition successfully. This paper reports on the research done as part of the project, specifically an in-depth literature review and a multinational mapping survey in five European countries. The research focused on identifying the hurdles autistic students encountered as well as the drivers that can help them overcome the challenges they
more » ... challenges they face. Universal Design for Learning is put forward as an approach that can potentially alleviate many of the difficulties encountered by autistic students whilst benefiting the entire student population, with all its diversity. AUTISM IN HIGHER EDUCATION In order to deepen our understanding of the hurdles and drivers affecting autistic students in higher education across Europe, we conducted a literature review and a large-scale multinational survey involving autistic students and those supporting them. The following sections outline this approach, before presenting the findings. Literature review methodology In 2014, a literature review was conducted, focusing on three separate aspects of the experience of autistic students in higher education: "I have always wanted to do research, especially with languages, and studying makes it possible." (student, Finland) "We were all assigned a personal tutor. Mine was very proactive in getting to know me as a person and organising regular meetings with me." (former student, UK) "In high school I was ridiculed by my peers. This does not happen at university, where my fellow students treat me with respect." (student, Spain)
doi:10.21125/inted.2016.1373 fatcat:ianlwmg5xzh7jl4gqdz4mmiada