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ADCET Webinar: Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Event Details
Online Webinar
4 April 2017 1:58 pm

Practical Strategies for Success

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) are pleased to bring you this webinar – it will be live captioned and there is no cost to participate.

Students on the autism spectrum are a “burgeoning population” (Wenzel and Rowley) who may find aspects of the hidden curriculum to be particularly challenging. Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Kim Draisma have extensive experience working with university students on the spectrum, and recently published a book that provides tertiary educators and support staff with practical strategies for addressing challenges associated with ASD as they manifest in college and university environments. In this webinar, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman will draw from their findings to offer insight on how to use person-centred approaches to assist students with:

–  Interpreting assignment tasks
–  understanding unwritten expectations and codes of conduct
–  working around rigidity of thinking
–  project planning
–  self-monitoring
–  multi-tasking.


The webinar will be suitable for disability advisors, academic learning and literacy practitioners, and faculty teaching staff seeking a better understanding of the challenges of autism in the university classroom, and how to provide a person-centred approach to addressing them. This would also be relevant for VET teaching and support staff.


Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman teaches in Learning Development at the University of Wollongong. She has a particular interest in developing the academic capacity of students with disabilities. With Dr Kim Draisma she has written Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to Developing Academic Capacity and Proficiency (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia, 2016). See more of Kimberley’s work on her websites: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education, and Shapeshifters in Popular Culture.

Click here for further information and how to register.

Posted 16 March 2017