Identifying effects of rapid COVID-19 related changes on autistic university students’ academic and social experiences

The study goal is to identify the reported effects of the COVID-19 pandemic related rapid changes on autistic undergraduate university students’ experiences with academic learning and social interactions, and develop recommendations for effective academic supports for these students through participatory research.

Jacquie Ballantine, PhD Candidate and Dr. Natasha Artemeva, Professor, both from the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University

Who can participate: 
Post-secondary autistic students who have been enrolled at their college or university during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must be 18 years of age, comfortable with being interviewed online in English.

What’s involved: 
This is a two-hour study. You will be asked to participate in 2 interviews (up to 1 hour each) conducted online (e.g., Skype, Facetime, Big Blue Button). The interviews will be audio-taped and transcribed with your consent.

Although there is no financial compensation, your participation may allow you to reflect on your learning experiences at college/university and additionally help researchers to better understand your experiences as well as your input regarding how to improve supports for autistic undergraduate students .

Interested in participating:  
Please email Jacquie Ballantine to participate

September 1, 2020

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