Over the last few years, a number of universities have implemented specialist peer mentoring programs to support students on the Autism Spectrum with their studies. While many of us appreciate the positive impact these can have for students on the spectrum, what’s the impact for the mentors? This webinar draws on the experience of a panel of student mentors from across Australia to explore the personal and potential professional benefits of being a mentor. Mentors will also share their insights on the impact of COVID-19 on their role and for their mentees, and will offer some suggestions for supporting students on the Autism Spectrum during these times. (August 2020)
During this webinar we heard from university students on the autism spectrum, where they answered a number of key questions, including: What are some of the challenges students face in their studies?; What helps a student succeed in their studies?; What support or assistance does the student's university provide? and, What advice would a student give to others on the autism spectrum who are considering studying at university? (April 2020)
Volume 30, Issue 3
- College Students with Disabilities: The Relationship Between Student Characteristics, the Academic Environment, and Performance
- Universal Design and Disability: Assessing Faculty Beliefs, Knowledge, and Confidence in Universal Design for Instruction
- Doggone Good? Potential Benefits of Assistance Animals for Students on College Campuses
- College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perceptions of Social Supports that Buffer College-Related Stress and Facilitate Academic Success
- College Preparation Program for High School Youth Who Are Blind: The Summer Academy
- "The Most Defining Experience:" Undergraduate University Students' Experiences Mentoring Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture (Book Review)
Australia-wide mentorship programs structured for equity students reported exceptional performance against evidence-based benchmarks. All of the surveyed equity group programs demonstrated good or exemplary practice. Seven recommendations were made for university practice in relation to mentoring programs and further research, including an examination of the specific support for disadvantaged students during and nearing course completion (May, 2017. Susan Beltman, Shamim Samani and Kate Ala’i Curtin University).
An Australian-first research project to evaluate and manualise a peer mentoring program, which aims to support young adults on the spectrum at university, is now complete. The program, developed at Curtin University, is available to all Australian universities.