Beyond the Spectrum: Rethinking the Experience, Space, and Support of the Autistic Student
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Our post-secondary institutions are designed for the neurotypical. Meaning autistic students have no choice but to try to develop an understanding of the institution and culture if they are to ‘survive and potentially thrive’, whereas no such imperative applies in the opposite direction (Milton 2012). This session is designed to invite a rethinking of the narrative. What does it mean for an autistic student to live in our residences, learn in our classrooms, and participate in our campus culture? And how do we acknowledge, and bridge, the gaps from surviving to thriving?

Learning Objective 1:
Be able to develop a working definition of autism.
Learning Objective 2:
Be able to compare and contrast the double empathy problem vs. the theory of mind, in terms of of autism research.
Learning Objective 3:
Discuss and develop at least one change your department could implement to better support autistic students.
Health Promotion (national standard, healthy campus)
Session Type
Virtual Session Link