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College Success for Students on the Autism Spectrum


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1. Neurodiversity in Higher Education 2. Factors Associated With College Success for Students on the Autism Spectrum 3. College Support Services 4. Enhancing Academic Success 5. Navigating the Social Demands of College Life 6. Mental Health 7. Faculty and Staff Roles 8. Transition to College 9. Working With Families 10. Career Readiness 11. Elements of a Comprehensive Program References About the Authors Index

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S. Jay Kuder is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education at Rowan University. Kuder’s current research is focused on enhancing the success of college-age students with autism. Kuder is the author of a book entitled, Teaching Students With Language and Communication Disabilties that is in its fifth edition. Kuder holds a master’s degree in special education from Temple University and a doctoral degree in applied psycholinguistics from Boston University. He is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Council for Exceptional Children and is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities. Amy Accardo is an associate professor in the Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Department at Rowan University where she coordinates the PhD in education program. Accardo’s scholarly activities focus on promoting equitable education opportunities for autistic young adults and working with neurodiverse students, faculty, and staff to implement inclusive pedagogy and practices on campus. She has published numerous articles and presented research nationally on autism and topics including college access, literacy, teacher preparation, and mental health. Accardo is founder of the AERA Autism Spectrum Research Committee. She holds a master’s degree from Drexel University and a doctoral degree in special education from Arcadia University. John Woodruff is director of the Academic Success Center and Disability Resources at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He coordinates campus services for students with disabilities and manages transitions for students entering college. John holds an MS in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University and a BS in Business Administration from St. Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania). Woodruff is the coauthor of a book with Michelle Kowalsky entitled, Creating Inclusive Library Environments. His most recent activities include outreach to faculty a


"For higher education practitioners seeking to serve autistic college students more inclusively on their campuses, this book clearly walks through considerations that should be on their minds and features countless resources that they can implement. Kuder, Accardo, and Woodruff also leave readers eager to explore an emergent base of research studies on autism in higher education."Brett Ranon NachmanDirector of Research at College Autism Network; Postdoctoral Research Scholar at NC State University“College Success for Students on the Autism Spectrum stands alone as the resource for the field of higher education when it comes to supporting autistic students. Until now, postsecondary educators and student affairs professionals were left without a comprehensive guidebook to understand and serve autistic students. Without question, this long-awaited text will equip those who work in colleges and universities to include, engage, and graduate students on the spectrum.”Edlyn Vallejo PeñaProfessor of Higher Education Leadership and Director of the Autism and Communication Center

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