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

  • Camarena P
  • Sarigiani P
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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 edu- cational 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.

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  • Autism spectrum
  • Educational aspirations

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Authors

  • Phame M. Camarena

  • Pamela A. Sarigiani

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