UT Austin has launched a new online resource, The Ultimate Resource Guide for STEM Students with Autism.
Research indicates that many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) gravitate toward STEM disciplines.
One such study found that over a third (34.1 percent) of young adults with ASD chose a STEM major in college. This rate is significantly higher than that of the general student population (22.8 percent).
The same researchers who reported the correlation between students with ASD and increased interest in STEM majors also found that these students had the third-lowest level of post-secondary enrollment out of the ten disability categories they studied.
Obviously, we need to do more to improve autistic students’ access to STEM studies and higher education as a whole.
The Ultimate Resource Guide for STEM Students with Autism includes a list of ten major STEM disciplines, each with a summary of the field and resources for students with ASD who want to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The STEM resource categories include:
- Data Science
- Game Design
- Environmental Science
Learn about why people with autism are good at subjects such as math, engineering, and data science. Find educational tools, activities and games. Several of the categories also feature individuals with ASD who excel in their field.
There are articles about Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri and game designer Peter Lantz. Read the story of Dr. Temple Grandin, also known as “the girl who thought in pictures.” Meet Jacob Barnett, an exceptional thinker who became a world-leading theoretical physicist in his teens. These stories are sure to inspire others on the spectrum.
You can view The Ultimate Resource Guide for STEM Students with Autism at the following link: