Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and teachers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism, and best practice in educational support.

Overcoming Barriers to Educational Opportunities Post-school

Overcoming Barriers to Educational Opportunities Post-school

Overcoming barriers to educational opportunities post-school
Andrea MacLeod


Autistic1 students represent a small but fast-increasing proportion of the disabled student community (National Audit Office, 2009; Zeedyk et al., 2016). Despite this, there remains relatively little research that specifically considers adults. In their review of international research relating to the education of autistic individuals, which included postsecondary educational interventions for adults, Parsons et al. (2008) found that research articles with an adult focus accounted for only 8% of total references. The little research that is available indicates that even in comparison to other disabled groups, autistic individuals tend to fare worse and experience greater disadvantage. For example, in an international review of 23 research studies, which had ...

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