Date of Award

Spring 4-5-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

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.



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