A 2015 Autism Speaks report found that only 30 percent of high school graduates with autism ever attend a two- or four-year college, and those that do fare poorly. The other, Margaret, teaches at California State University at Los Angeles, and -- in addition to being Elizabeth’s mother -- has worked with students on and off the spectrum.Research suggests that 80 percent of them never graduate. Together, we have seen the many ways that colleges fail students with autism.
Those institutions generally offer fewer resources for students with autism.
If we are to meet the needs of neurodiverse students, public community colleges will need to lead the way.
As autism scholars Ernst Van Bergeijk, Ami Klin and Fred Volkmar note, autism is a social disability.
The inherent qualities of autism -- resistance to change, sensitive sensory systems, weakness at reading social cues and a tendency to take language literally -- interfere with communication and social engagement.
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At Margaret’s university -- which houses an outstanding center for teaching and learning development -- professional development seminars are often poorly attended, especially those focused on helping students with special needs.
At one seminar on working with hearing-impaired students, Margaret was one of three instructors to show up, and if our conversations with colleagues and peers are indicative, then Margaret’s experience is a common one.