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TILT News - Upcoming workshops of interest to University teachers

Webinar - Teaching university students with Autism

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) are pleased to offer a free webinar:

Teaching university students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Practical Strategies for Success.

Students on the autism spectrum are a “burgeoning population” (Wenzel and Rowley) who may find aspects of the hidden curriculum to be particularly challenging. Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Kim Draisma have extensive experience working with university students on the spectrum, and recently published a book that provides tertiary educators and support staff with practical strategies for addressing challenges associated with ASD as they manifest in college and university environments. In this webinar, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman will draw from their findings to offer insight on how to use person-centred approaches to assist students with:

  • Interpreting assignment tasks
  • Understanding unwritten expectations and codes of conduct
  • Working around rigidity of thinking
  • Project planning
  • Self-monitoring and
  • Multi-tasking.

Audience: The webinar will be suitable for disability advisors, academic learning and literacy practitioners, and faculty teaching staff seeking a better understanding of the challenges of autism in the university classroom, and how to provide a person-centred approach to addressing them. 

Presenter: Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman teaches in Learning Development at the University of Wollongong. She has a particular interest in developing the academic capacity of students with disabilities. With Dr Kim Draisma she has written Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to Developing Academic Capacity and Proficiency (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia, 2016).

The webinar will be live captioned.