Date of Award


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Edna Meisel, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Cunningham

Third Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Marc Ellison


The purpose of this study was to explore the housing and residential supports of first-year college students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, this study utilized a Delphi Survey method to reveal the necessary resident life needs, potential barriers, and effective supports for first-time college students with ASD. Professionals from the field of autism, housing and resident life departments, and individuals diagnosed with autism served as the panel of experts (n=14). Participants identified that effective supports should include the following areas: campus-based professional expertise, communication supports, day-to-day activity supports, organizational and executive function supports, and social interaction supports. The Benchmarks of Effective Residential Supports for Students Diagnosed with ASD Transitioning to College was an outcome of the research and is proposed to be used as representative list of programmatic suggested supports within housing and resident life departments.


Autism Spectrum Disorder.

College students -- Services for.