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ADCET Webinar: Autistic Students and the Transition to University - Findings and Recommendations

Tue 23 Apr 2024 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST


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Autistic students are increasingly enrolling in higher education. However, their completion rates remain lower than that of their peers both with and without disabilities. We also know that the first year of university is critical for enabling successful university experiences for all students, with negative first year experiences resulting in negative impacts for students and universities alike. For autistic students this transition can be particularly challenging.

What can universities do to improve the transition experiences of autistic students and therefore provide them with the best opportunities for university success?

This webinar will address this question, by presenting the findings and recommendations of Alison’s PhD project exploring the experiences of autistic students during their transition to, and first year of university in Australia. This webinar will provide insight into the experiences of autistic students, and practical recommendations for improving the transition experience for autistic students. 

Audience: University disability, access and inclusion practitioners wanting to learn more about the experiences of autistic students during their first year of university and ways to support their effective and successful transition to university


Alison smiling with mid-length red hair and glasses

Alison Nuske is a recent PhD graduate and autistic autism researcher at Flinders University in South Australia. Alison has over 20 years’ experience in the disability field and has worked in various roles supporting autistic students in primary, secondary, and tertiary education settings. In addition to working as an Access and Inclusion Advisor at the University of South Australia for almost 10 years, she has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate topics in autism, technology and disability, and transition to adulthood.

Alison is passionate about improving the inclusion of neurodivergent students in higher education, by promoting knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of neurodivergence.

The webinar is free to attend, and it will be live-captioned.

Registrations for this webinar are now open

ADCET is hosted by the University of Tasmania

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Event times in your timezone

ACT, NSW, Qld, Tas, Vic 23 Apr 2024 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
NT, SA 23 Apr 2024 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
WA 23 Apr 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NZ 23 Apr 2024 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm