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On-Campus Satisfaction of Students with Autism

Participants in this study placed significant emphasis
on their academic support, specifically tutoring and technology
services provided through housing and residence life.
tutoring offered by residence life is a really
cool thing. " Jeff elaborated on the benefits of
residential tutoring when he remarked that
he felt like it " was helpful. I would say continuing that would be really good. " In terms
of technology, Chuck, Abigail, Kaleb, and Jeff
all remarked on reliable internet services as
an academic support service and technology
need for their on-campus housing experience. Kaleb elaborated on the importance of
technology, recommending that the university offer " maybe some tutorials on how to navigate the . . . [student information system] is
a big thing because it's my second semester
and I still don't fully know how to navigate
[it]. " Kaleb elaborated on his expectations for
supporting technology:
. . . if you weren't allowed to have . . . a
computer and internet in your dorm . . .
it'd definitely make living in that dorm a
lot less comfortable and a lot less homey.
But when you're allowed to do that, it
makes it so your dorm is almost your
home, and it's nice living here.
Rebecca emphasized the convenience of having technology and resources integrated into
residential facilities and specifically mentioned the community computer labs available to residential students.
	
Disability accommodations. This category
demonstrates participants' expectations
to acquire knowledge of various disability
accommodations, both academic and residential. Kaleb and Rebecca expressed the
need for better communication within the
residential communities about various services offered by the disability resource office.

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When asked about how much information
she had about disability accommodations,
Rebecca shared,
I would say more of a general awareness
of resources. What I find in a lot of people
who've never really had to ask for help or
really had to ask . . . for a support system,
they don't always know where to start . . .
there's sort of an awareness of " If there are
problems, who do I need to ask? If there
are things [I need to know], who do I need
to talk to? " Those are all the things that I
made sure to remember during orientation.

Campus Housing
The second theme relates to students' experience of adjusting and managing expectations within their residential communities,
the support needed from residence life professional staff, and how these topics relate to
their overall on-campus experience. Because
of the quantity of responses and variability
therein, four sub-categories were identified
to inform the campus housing theme: advantages of living on campus, cost, noise, and
physical space.
	
Advantages. This subtheme was identified from a student view of the various advantages of living on campus; all seven participants mentioned these expectations in their
interviews. These advantages include access
to facilities support such as maintenance
and work orders, convenience and location
of on-campus classes, and access to free
on- and off-campus transportation systems.
Jeff appreciated the easy access to his classes: " I thought it would be just a better way
to transition to college rather than having all



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