This study on experiences of autistic people working in academia has now been completed. We are no longer accepting applications for participants and will report our findings in due course.
Anecdotal evidence tells us that there are a significant number of autistics working in academia. There are many things about the university context that utilise the strengths of autistic people, however there are also an array of issues and areas where support is needed for autistic people in academia. To date, there is limited research published on the experiences of autistic academics.
The aim of this research is to understand the experiences of autistic people working in academia; and particularly to understand the barriers and facilitators of successful academic careers for this cohort.
While many may be more familiar with person-first language (i.e., person with autism) there is clear preference in the autistic community for the use of identity-first language (i.e., autistic person). Identity first language “reflects the belief that being autistic is a core part of a person’s identity. Similar examples of ‘identity first’ language can be found in the Blind and Deaf communities. Thus, this is the terminology used in this project.
Project title: Qualitative study on experiences of autistic people working in academia.
Application Number: 2020-1507
Principal Investigator: Prof Sandra Jones
HREC Approval number: 2020-108E
Prof Sandra Jones
(03) 9953 3709
The study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University (review number 2020-108E). If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Manager of the Human Research Ethics and Integrity Committee care of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).
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Australian Catholic University
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NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2059
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Fax: 02 9739 2870
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