Autism Friendly Lesson Planning: A Universal Design for Learning Training for College Level Instructors
Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Counseling
Aaron Suomala Folkerds
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Higher Education, Universal Design for Learning, UDL
The literature on adults on the autism spectrum is a vastly growing one, but there is still a great need for more in-depth research. There are common misunderstandings about individuals on the autism spectrum that leads to stigma from the overall population in the United States (John et al. 2018). As more individuals on the spectrum enroll in higher education, their needs in the classroom are becoming more apparent to instructors at this level. This literature review explores research on the community of people on the spectrum, their needs in the college setting, what can be done to accommodate these students, and the outcome of these accommodations. The research has shown that utilizing a method of teaching that considers the needs of very mentally and intellectually diverse populations such as Universal Design for Learning can assist in creating a successful work environment for students on the spectrum (Waisman et al. 2022). The present training is created using UDL principles to teach college level instructors how to teach students on the Autism Spectrum and advocate for their students.
Stark, Juliann, "Autism Friendly Lesson Planning: A Universal Design for Learning Training for College Level Instructors" (2023). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 788.
Accessibility Commons, Adult and Continuing Education Commons, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Commons