The Vermont Connection


Lindsay Hammond


It is important to understand the unique challenges that students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face. In the medical sciences, there is a growing body of knowledge regarding an increase in diagnoses of ASDs, but this phenomenon also impacts those of us in education. Student affairs administrators need to examine what is working on campuses as well as what is missing from creating the most successful experience possible for this population. The author will review the definition of ASDs, housing options for students on the spectrum, current practices, the gaps in literature, and the roles of student affairs professionals and faculty relating to the success, retention, and transition of students with ASDs.