Health Needs and College Readiness in Autistic Students: The Freshman Survey Results

Health Needs and College Readiness in Autistic Students: The Freshman Survey Results

Published: Jan 01, 2021
Publisher: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (online ahead of print)
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Priyanka Fernandes

Madeline Haley

Kevin Eagan

Alice A. Kuo

With an increase in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in the United States, many of whom have higher intellectual ability, there is a predicted increase in the number of college-bound students. Affected young adults face a “Services Cliff” as they transition into adulthood. Our study examined a nationally represented sample of freshman students and found that academic achievements in autistic students are comparable to their peers when they first enter college. The students however have more mental health and physical health problems compared to their non-autistic peers. Poor health maybe a major contributing factor to the lower graduation rates among autistic students. College-bound autistic students may continue to require services through college for them to be successful and graduate.

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