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

Summary: 
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.

Researchers: 
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.

Compensation:
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 jacquie.ballantine@carleton.ca to participate

Deadline:
September 1, 2020

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