Gaining insight into transition and progression of students on the autism spectrum - DISCOVER a transition programme with a difference

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dc.contributor.author Colman, Laura
dc.contributor.author Cummins, Annie
dc.contributor.author O'Donovan, Julie
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-13T09:38:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-13T09:38:14Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Colman, L., Cummins, A. and O'Donovan, J. (2020) 'Gaining insight into transition and progression of students on the autism spectrum - DISCOVER a transition programme with a difference', AHEAD Journal, 11, pp. 1-8. en
dc.identifier.volume 11 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 8 en
dc.identifier.issn 2009-8286
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11304
dc.description.abstract Autism is a neurodevelopment condition that is ‘characterised by qualitative impairments in social communication and social interaction across contexts and a repetitive or restricted pattern of interest, behaviour and activity’ (Lambe, 2019:1531). According to the autistic rights movement, ‘autistic people are not disconnected from the world around them, they are differently connected to it’ (Leveto, 2018 :3). Over the last number of years, there has been a move away from defining autism as a ‘disorder’ and towards redefining it as a ‘difference’ (Ring et al, 2018). In this paper, the terms ‘autism’ or ‘on the spectrum’ will be used. The Moving to Further and Higher Education Report (Guckin et al, 2013) recommended the development of targeted access initiatives to support the academic and social needs of students with a disability in transition and progressing through further education. Targeted orientation programmes are used to allow students from under-represented groups to meet other students, visit the campus, tour the library and get essential information that will support the student’s transition to higher education. Disability Support Services (DSS) are keenly aware of the importance of the transition from second-level education into third level education. Year on year there is an increase in the number of students with disabilities who are accessing third-level education. Students with disabilities now make up approximately 6.2% of the total student population (AHEAD, 2019). Since 2016, there has been a 25% increase in the number of students accessing higher education who are on the spectrum. en
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dc.publisher AHEAD en
dc.relation.uri https://www.ahead.ie/journal/Gaining-insight-into-transition-and-progression-of-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-Discover-a-transition-programme-with-a-difference
dc.rights © 2020, AHEAD. en
dc.subject Autism spectrum en
dc.subject Transition programme en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.title Gaining insight into transition and progression of students on the autism spectrum - DISCOVER a transition programme with a difference en
dc.type Article (non peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Annie Cummins, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21- 490-3000 E: annie.cummins@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle AHEAD Journal en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress annie.cummins@ucc.ie en


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