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University students with autism : the social and academic experiences of University in the UK.

Gurbuz, E. and Hanley, M. and Riby, D. M. (2019) 'University students with autism : the social and academic experiences of University in the UK.', Journal of autism and developmental disorders., 49 (2). pp. 617-631.

Abstract

The number of university students with autism is increasing, and it is crucial that these students can access adequate support. An online questionnaire was completed by 26 autistic students and 158 non-autistic students enrolled at UK universities to investigate social and academic experiences. Autistic students self-reported significant challenges and more mental health difficulties than non-autistic students. Significant challenges focused on the social components of university life, including social skills, social support opportunities, and levels of ASD awareness from others. Many strengths were also reported regarding academic skills of autistic university students. Importantly, there were more thoughts of withdrawal by the students with autism highlighting the need for support. These data can inform university student support services.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3741-4
Publisher statement:© The Author(s) 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Date accepted:25 August 2018
Date deposited:29 August 2018
Date of first online publication:01 September 2018
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