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What is this research study about?

The purpose of this research is to help us to better understand the barriers and facilitators to transition to university for individuals on the autism spectrum in Australia.

Why should I help?

It is hoped that the findings of this study will lead to improvements in provision of transition support and services for individuals on the autism spectrum when commencing university studies.

Who can take part?

You will be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • are the family member (e.g., parent, sibling, grandparent, carer) of an individual on the autism spectrum (autism, Asperger syndrome or autism spectrum disorder) who has commenced undergraduate studies at an Australian university within the previous 4 years and
  • provided direct support to that individual during their transition to and first year at university

Who is conducting this study?

This study is being conducted in partial fulfilment of a PhD. Alison Nuske is a PhD candidate at Flinders university who is undertaking research leading to the production of a thesis or other publications on the subject of transition to and first year of university for students on the autism spectrum.

Alison’s supervisors for this study are:

Dr Fiona Rillotta
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University
Tel: +61 8 8201 2108
Email: fiona.rillotta@flinders.edu.au

Dr Michelle Bellon
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University

A/Prof Amanda Richdale
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health
La Trobe University

What will I be asked to do?

Participants who meet the eligibility criteria will be asked to complete an online survey about their experiences of supporting a family member on the autism spectrum to transition to university. Participation is entirely voluntary. The surveys should take approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

You can view a preview of the survey at:

Family survey preview: https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/CP/File.php?F=F_cPd1wQE8wS9vTcF

When and where?

The study is conducted entirely online. This means you can do it wherever suits you best, and in your own time.

To find out more about the study and register to participate:

If you are a family member of an individual on the autism spectrum who meets the eligibility criteria above and you would like to take part in this study, please visit:

https://tinyurl.com/Transition-ASD-Family

Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.

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