Postsecondary educational aspirations of high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and their parents

Phame M. Camarena, Pamela A. Sarigiani

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Abstract

Individual interviews with 21 high-functioning adolescents diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their parents were used to assess postsecondary educational aspirations and thoughts concerning obstacles and resources that shape educational achievement of this group. The results from these semistructured interviews revealed that both the adolescents and their parents have clear postsecondary educational goals but have significant concerns about the readiness of postsecondary institutions to meet the adolescents' needs. The special significance of social challenges and the ways that families frame educational aspirations are noted. Results from this analysis have direct application to both educational and family settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-128
Number of pages14
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum
  • Educational aspirations

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