According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1% of individuals worldwide have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), currently impacting about 3.5 million Americans (2016). Latest statistics released by the CDC in April of this year indicate that the prevalence of ASD in the United States is currently 1:68 births. It is estimated that 0.7% to 1.9% of students in higher education have an ASD and that merely 20% of these students will complete their college degree (VanBergeijk, Klin, & Volkmar, 2008). This presentation will discuss what characteristics of ASD you may see from adult students in your classroom or on campus, how to best support colleges students with an ASD and the best teaching strategies to implement in your coursework to increase student success.
Stephen R. Anderson: Executive Director, the Summit Center
Fred G. Floss: Professor, Economics
Sumana Silverheels: Accommodations Coordinator, Disability Services
Kathy R. Doody: Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education