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Navigating Challenges to Facilitate Success for College Students with Autism

Title: Navigating Challenges to Facilitate Success for College Students with Autism.

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Name(s): Cox, Bradley E., author
Edelstein, Jeffery, author
Brogdon, Bailey, author
Roy, Amanda, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2020-08-25
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Roughly 1 in 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a rate that has more than doubled during the last 10 years. As students with autism increasinglypursue higher education, college educators must understand these students’ experiences and actively address issues that affect their college outcomes. This paper draws from interviews with autistic students who have had widely varying experiences and outcomes in higher education. Using an iterative analytic strategy that combined elements of grounded theory, multiple case study, and constant comparative approaches, researchers developed a series of propositions that were subsequently deconstructed and reconstituted as a conceptual model. The resultant conceptual model not only provides a descriptive portrait of how these students experienced interactions with their postsecondary institutions but also outlines specific ways in which tensions between the student and institution manifest as acute problems that students were often able to recognize, sometimes able to reframe, and occasionally able to resolve. The model can be used to help students and their institutions anticipate, address, and overcome challenges in ways that improve college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1599244258_73d25d3e (IID), 10.1080/00221546.2020.1798203 (DOI)
Keywords: Autism, College Students, University, 3R Model
Publication Note: This is the accepted manuscript version, and the version of record is found at
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Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Higher Education.

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Cox, B. E., Edelstein, J., Brogdon, B., & Roy, A. (2020). Navigating Challenges to Facilitate Success for College Students with Autism. Journal Of Higher Education. Retrieved from