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Dissertation
Assessing the readiness of higher education to instruct and support students with Asperger's Disorder
Theses, Dissertations and Capstones
  • L. Marc Ellison
Date of Award
1-1-2013
Degree Name
Educational Leadership
College
College of Education
Type of Degree
Ed.D.
Document Type
Dissertation
First Advisor
Michael Cunningham
Second Advisor
David Hermon
Third Advisor
Barbara Nicholson
Fourth Advisor
Melisa Reed
Abstract

This study explores the current ability of higher education to effectively educate and support college students diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders increased dramatically during the past decade, it is estimated that tens of thousands of individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder are preparing to enter colleges and universities in the United States. Emerging research details specific service systems and resources necessary to effectively educate and support college students with Asperger’s Disorder. Public, four-year institutions of higher education were surveyed (N=578) to assess their current readiness to use identified best-practice methods of support with this student population. Participants (n=230) reported traditional on-campus disability service programs serve as the primary provider of academic, social and communication, and independent living supports for college students with Asperger’s Disorder. A minority of institutions reported specialized services developed to meet the unique needs of this student population.

Subject(s)

Asperger’s syndrome - Education (Higher)

Citation Information
L. Marc Ellison. "Assessing the readiness of higher education to instruct and support students with Asperger's Disorder" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marc-ellison/10/