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Omission And Othering: Constructing Autism On College Websites., Kirsten R. Brown Dec 2018

Omission And Othering: Constructing Autism On College Websites., Kirsten R. Brown

Kirsten R. Brown, Ph.D.

Students with autism attend two-year colleges at a significantly greater rate than four-year institutions. As these prospective and current students engage with two-year colleges, websites are an important digital platform to assess inclusivity and campus climate. The digital environment is particularly important because many autistic individuals prefer to engage in written communication. We employed a critical content analysis to understand the digital campus climate at public two-year colleges (n = 94) by analyzing website content that colleges use to describe autism. Findings show that the digital campus climate was unwelcoming for the vast majority of prospective and current students with autism ...