Support Need of Students on Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Model for Post-Secondary Education. Linda Holloway, PhD, CRC Martha Garber, M.Ed, LPC Eighth International Conference on Higher Education and Disability July 26, 2013. Objectives:
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Linda Holloway, PhD, CRC
Martha Garber, M.Ed, LPC
Eighth International Conference on
Higher Education and Disability
July 26, 2013
Review support needs of individuals with ASD in education and employment.
Examine evidence based practice for supported employment
Discuss research on supported education
Present SYNC model
Support needs of high-functioning individuals with Asperger's/ASD (Hendricks, 2010;Zager & Alpern, 2010)
What is Supported Education?
Supports provided to individuals with disabilities to enable them to be successful in post secondary education
Research on Supported Education for individuals with ASD
Nearly 50% of youth with ASD without ID pursue postsecondary education (Taylor & Seltzer, 2011)
Social and vocational communication supports are necessary components of postsecondary programs (Zager & Alpern, 2007)
Postsecondary education is strongest predictor of better earning for youth with ASD (Migliore, et. al, 2012)
Customized programs for promoting social communication competence depend on a thorough assessment of every student (Mazzotti, el al., 2009)
What is Supported Employment?
Paid competitive work that offers ongoing
support services in integrated settings for
individuals with most significant disabilities
SE have statistically significant higher closure (employment outcomes) rates than those receiving job placement (75.3% vs.58.4); yet only 44.8% from a national sample received SE(Schaller & Yang, 2008)
Supported employment is evidence-based (SAMHA)
Typical DSS services
Typical personal services needed
Student Youth Network for College Success (SYNCS)
“While classes and homework are important, no one tries to tell non-disabled student that this the totality of their college experience. Clubs, social activities, dormitory life, parties, sex and relationships and countless other things should take up al least as much of your waking hours as schoolwork does…college is a way of life…We’d be doing you a disservice if we didn't talk about the part of the college experience that happen outside the classroom.”
Core discovery courses including College Success and Employment Success
Mentoring: Peer, Faculty and Employer
Faculty training opportunities/resources
Opportunities for integrated living and community engagement
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Linda Holloway, PhD, CRC
Martha Garber, M.Ed, LPC
Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311456
Denton, Texas, 76203-5017