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Students on the autism spectrum – seeking experiences of transition to university

Alison Nuske (PhD candidate in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University), is undertaking research leading to the production of a thesis or other publications on the subject of transition to and first year of university for students on the autism spectrum.

The purpose of this research is to help us to better understand the barriers and facilitators to transition to university for individuals on the autism spectrum in Australia.

Alison is seeking participation from individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as academic and professional staff within Australian universities who have had experience engaging with or supporting students on the spectrum in their first year at university.

This research requires participants, who meet the eligibility criteria, to complete an online survey (approximately 30-45 minutes). The surveys can be viewed at:

Student survey preview - https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/CP/File.php?F=F_3lNQmMjldgXs30F

Staff survey preview - https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/CP/File.php?F=F_0jo5XPQ7AYtYHOd

The attached Information Sheet and Permission Request to Advertise Research provides further details regarding this study.

Subject to the return of the attached Permission Request, Alison will forward you two recruitment notices via email. It would be gratefully appreciated if you could display these recruitment notices within general student spaces, and student support services within your university.

A summary of the results will be made available on the Facebook page: https://fb.me/AutismTransition2Uni or you can contact the researchers to ask for a summary of the results.

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project Number: 8242).  For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email human.researchethics@flinders.edu.au

You may also be interested in our recent publication: Nuske, A., Rillotta, F., Bellon, M., & Richdale, A. (2019). Transition to higher education for students with autism: A systematic literature review. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000108

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this project, please direct them to Dr Fiona Rillotta by phone: 08 8201 2108 or e-mail fiona.rillotta@flinders.edu.au.