Supporting students with autism spectrum disorder in higher education
Owen, C and McCann, D and Rayner, C and Devereaux, C and Sheehan, F and Quarmby, L, Supporting students with autism spectrum disorder in higher education, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Hobart, TAS (2016) [Contract Report]
This project targets improvements in support for higher education students with Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD) in light of the substantive existing and anticipated future growth of this population, and
the failure of existing supports to meet their complex and unique needs.
Uniquely, the research extends existing research in disability supports and pedagogical initiatives to
explore the design of the built environment as part of a holistic framework of support for students with
ASD in higher education.
The research draws on a review of published literature combined with a cross-sectional analysis of
existing supports in Australian institutions and an in-depth analysis of the experience of students at one
Australian university to identify key opportunities and gaps in the provision of support for students with
The key outcomes and recommendations of the research relate to the provision of holistic disability
supports, pedagogical innovations, inclusive design solutions and the potential under the National
Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for funding to support students with ASD in higher education.