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Stephen Connolly

Stephen Connolly

How Students on the Autism Spectrum Experience Higher Education

Discipline/professional area
Autism, Education, and Developmental Psychology

Outline of research project

My study aims to develop ways to fully include individuals that identify with Autism, within research. Here the research will be looking at all facets of Higher Education and these intertwine and impact on participants own well-being. Furthermore being an Autistic researcher my work will aim to be fully emancipatory/participatory meaning the research is by Autistic individuals, with Autistic individuals, exploring their Autism.

Key references

Barnes, C. (2002). 'Emancipatory disability research': Project or process? Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 2(1) doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2002.00157.x

Denhart, H. (2008). Deconstructing barriers: Perceptions of students labelled with learning disabilities in higher education. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41(6), 483-497.

MacLeod, A., Lewis, A and Robertson, C. (2013) ‘CHARLIE: PLEASE RESPOND!’ Using a Participatory Methodology with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. International Journal of Research & Methods in Education.doi:10.1080/1743727X.2013.776528

Madriaga, M. (2010). 'I avoid pubs and the student union like the plague': Students with Asperger Syndrome and their negotiation of university spaces.Children's Geographies,8(1), 39. Retrieved from

Madriaga, M., Goodley, D., Hodge, N. and Martin, N. (2008). Enabling transition into higher education for students with asperger syndrome. Project Report. Higher Education Academy.

Smith, C.P., (2007) Support services for students with Asperger's Syndrome in higher education. College Student Journal, 41(3), pp. 515-531.

Director of studies
Professor Nick Hodge

Dr Manny Madriaga

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