Due to the rising number of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) attending community colleges and the important role that parents play in their student’s transition process, the current study aimed to explore the experiences of parents as their student with ASD transitioned to community college. Eighteen parents of students with ASD who attended community college completed an hour-long interview regarding their experience assisting their student with the transition. Parents reported playing two predominant roles: (1) coaching students to navigate campus services, and (2) encouraging students to participate in college more independently. In addition, two major challenges emerged from parent reports: (1) navigating the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and (2) finding supportive faculty. Implications for future research as well as recommendations based on the data regarding ways to support students with ASD and their families as they prepare for this transition are discussed.
- community college,
- parental role
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