Debut of Diversity
The Emerging Conversation about Autism and Higher Education
The transition from high school to college can be challenging, especially for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Debut of Diversity seeks to ease this transition from both sides, the student and the institution, in order to ensure success. The author looks beyond plain statistics and traditional approaches to personalize the experience for each student, and also provides helpful information that can be used for all young adults starting college for the first time, on such topics as how to talk to your professor, set up appointments with administration, and manage your time efficiently.
"Debut of Diversity is an indispensible resource to help students with autism spectrum disorder succeed in higher education! Wilson explores the challenges faced by students with ASD, both in preparing for college and in managing the demands of college. Parents, professionals and others offering support to students will appreciate the practical advice, strategies and options shared in this unique book."
—Emily Iland, MA, award-winning author, parent, advocate and adjunct professor of special education
"Having successfully navigated college myself, it is clear that Wilson offers a very detailed and comprehensive summary of what to expect in a college experience for those with autism! This is a 'must-read' for parents, teachers, roommates, faculty, or other individuals who are allies of college students on the spectrum!" —Thomas Iland, B.S., CPA., self-advocate, motivational speaker and co-author of Come to Life
MEET THE AUTHOR
Matthew A. Wilson, M.Div., M. Ed., has worked with people on the autism spectrum since 1985 in community, educational and therapeutic settings. His passion is to empower young people with autism to find their place in the world as they make the transition to adulthood. He believes that the people he works with will transform higher education and the society at large. Mr. Wilson is a licensed intervention specialist, a college professor, a trained theologian, and a grandfather, father and mentor. He lives with his wife and their two beloved dogs in central Ohio.