College Students' Perceptions of Peers With Autism: Replication and Extension

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 8: Psychological Services for Students With Autism

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the potential benefits of disclosing one's diagnosis of autism to peers.
  2. learn how to best support students with autism when transitioning to postsecondary education.
  3. explore strategies in supporting students with autism and creating more inclusive school climates.


Recent research addressing peer attitudes toward college students with autism demonstrated that students were favorably disposed toward peers when the peer was labeled as having autism. Our study builds on previous research and provides results whether students’ attitudes of peers with autism differed by college majors and gender of the peer. Practitioners will learn the potential benefits of disclosing one’s diagnosis to peers and how to best support these students when transitioning to college.



Pauline Wang, California State University, Los Angeles
Leigh A. Tipton Fisler, California State University, Los Angeles


Janice N. Phung

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