According to the article, 1 in 59 children develop Autism and yet, they only make up 1.7% of the college population. Even more
astounding is the fact that 80% of these students drop out of college. The article stated the biggest challenges autistic students face in college and their suggestions to succeed.
HOW TO SUCCEED AS A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH AUTISM
This study highlights the difference in how autism presents in boys and girls. It found that girls present different symptoms than boys and typically are better able to hide it resulting in girls being diagnosed later in life. The study discuss the importance to recognize these differences to better diagn girls, so they can have resources available to them earlier.
AUTISM DIFFERENCES IN GENDERS
When interviewed by researchers, many autistic people explained that despite the “antisocial” behavior that they display, they are indeed interested in forming social connections. They attributed these “antisocial” mannerisms to the neurological effects of autism and explained that, in some cases, these behaviors, such as not maintaining eye contact or repeating lines, are their way of trying to engage in a meaningful manner and form deep connections. The authors conclude that the solution is not to teach autistic people to change their mannerisms, but rather to teach everyone else to redefine what it means to be “social” and be open to the various forms this trait can take.
HOW TO MEET AUTISTIC PEOPLE HALFWAY
Navigating life as a busy, stressed college student can be difficult for most people, but it may present unique challenges to students who are neurodiverse. Check out this article for some tips on how to manage crazy college life while having ADHD!
TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH ADHD
Kalin Bennett is the first student-athlete with autism to sign to play a D1 sport in college! And he had a bunch of offers but chose Kent State specifically because they have really strong programs for students with autism, including a partnering program between neurodiverse and neurotypical students!
FIRST BASKETBALL PLAYER WITH AUTISM RECRUITED FOR D1 BASKETBALL!