Putting Together the Autism Puzzle:  Meeting the Needs of Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education 

1 in 68 children have autism.  As the statistics from the Center for Disease Control have risen dramatically from 1 in 88 to now 1 in 68, we have scrambled to meet the early intervention, K-12 school, and clinical therapy needs of students on the spectrum.

Those 1 in 68 children are now turning into young adults and those young adults will need accommodations and services at the university.  We must transition our young adults into the university setting with an eye towards research, funding, and practice. 

At the first national symposium devoted and hosted by Ball State University to meet the needs of students on the spectrum in higher education, “Putting Together the Autism Puzzle: Meeting the Needs of Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education, “ we listened to medical, social service, family, and student panels, and research in higher education.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. David McIntosh,  David and JoAnna Meeks Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Ball State University, started our conversation by asking us to rethink how we perceive and teach students on the spectrum.  

We will continue that critical conversation each fall and we hope to turn those words into action. 

Find some of the resources shared below:

Symposium Program 2014

Akers transitions

Re-imagining the college experience

Satory eye brain hand creative

Organizers of the symposium are:

Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones, Department of English

Larry Markle, Disability Services

Dr. Elizabeth Riddle, Department of English, Ball State University. 

For further information, contact Lyn Jones at ljones2@bsu.edu