Gaylard, A. (2020). A flawed system of accessibility: A mixed-methods study of the shortcomings of disability accommodations for female undergraduate students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, level one. The Young Researcher, 4 (1), 94-107
As women continue to receive diagnoses for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), L1 (L1), later in life, there continues to exist a pervasive misunderstanding of how the condition affects women, specifically. This study aims to identify the extent to which women are disadvantaged under the current system of disability accommodations on university campuses through the understanding of how many female students lack access to accommodations and which accommodations would best supplement their academic plan. Through a mixed-methods approach with an exploratory- sequential design and participatory framework, interviews involving three groups of participants categorized as a medical professional, a secondary school learning strategist, and eight female students with ASD, L1, who currently attend a private, American, undergraduate school, took place. From the data gathered, it was concluded that most female students with ASD, L1, felt underserved by their university campuses in regard to disability accommodations.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, disability accommodations, Autistic Masking, university disability services, women with Asperger’s Syndrome.