Essays On Autism In The Classroom
At Margaret’s university -- which houses an outstanding center for teaching and learning development -- professional development seminars are often poorly attended, especially those focused on helping students with special needs.At one seminar on working with hearing-impaired students, Margaret was one of three instructors to show up, and if our conversations with colleagues and peers are indicative, then Margaret’s experience is a common one.But American professors are not required to modify their teaching style for disabled students, and colleges are not required to think about the social, communicative needs of any students, let alone those with autism.Those things are not considered reasonable accommodations.Access to society journal content varies across our titles.If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box.For many, the frustrations became too great, leading to stress, anxiety and regrettable outcomes.
But common accommodations, such as providing a quiet exam setting, don’t adequately address the problems faced by many students with autism.
Even when given the opportunity to learn more about the needs of disabled students, professors turn those choices down. More than 100 colleges now offer programs for students with autism, but most of them are private, expensive, residential programs.
Meanwhile, research suggests that up to 80 percent of college students with autism at one point filter through community colleges, where students, often still highly dependent on family support, can live at home.
For Elizabeth, the greatest support has often come from students who have chosen to act as social interpreters.
A whispered word or two is often all she needs to better and more appropriately engage with her curriculum.