Common Barriers Experienced at the University Level
A student who has diagnosed with Autism Spectrum as a disability may experience one
or more of the following barriers to learning and inclusion. Please note this list
provides only a sample of common barriers.
- In interview situations, people with AS may not do themselves full justice. In particular,
they may give limited eye contact, or struggle with open questions.
- Extreme difficulty dealing with room-mates in shared accommodation, and need for quiet
and solitude in order to be able to work.
- Difficulty with proximity to others — leading to a need for an aisle seat in exams,
or to take exams in a separate room.
- Needs similar to students with dyslexia, such as extra time for examinations.
- Problems interacting with others in seminars and groups.
- Great difficulty speaking in public, especially without notes.
- Difficulty understanding instructions and requirements.
- High levels of anxiety and vulnerability to stress.
- Difficulty coping with the social environment of university and dealing with other
- Can often suffer from lack of organization.
- Difficulties with time pressure due to high anxiety levels, disorganization etc.
- Can have poor concentration because of anxiety inducing factors — lighting, noise,
- Difficulties in team or group work.
- Problems in learning by observation.
- Difficulties with ambiguous instructions.
For Additional information on working with students with Autism Spectrum