Neurodiversity Inclusive Practices in Higher Education: Using a Needs Assessment to Spur Change Throughout University Systems
neurodiversity, autism, inclusion, higher education
- Approximately 50% of autistic people have average or above average intelligence, and growing numbers of autistic young adults attend college.1
- Autistic students experience poor outcomes in college despite being academically well qualified. 34.9% of autistic young adults attempt college within 6 years of high school.2 Of those, approximately 39% will graduate.3
- In higher education, there may be a mismatch in supports needed by autistic students versus supports provided.
- Autistic students report difficulty with sensory overload, mental health concerns, and daily living tasks.4
- The majority of supports for autistic students focus on academics, which is a mismatch from autistic students’ self reported needs.5
Rosica, OTD, Caitlin; Carroll, OTD, OTR/L, Amy; Rios-Vega, OTD, Lady; and Schaaf, PhD, Roseann C., "Neurodiversity Inclusive Practices in Higher Education: Using a Needs Assessment to Spur Change Throughout University Systems" (2022). Department of Occupational Therapy Posters and Presentations. Paper 81.
E-poster for the 18th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress.