'I avoid pubs and the student union like the plague': Students with Asperger Syndrome and their negotiation of university spaces

MADRIAGA, M. (2010). 'I avoid pubs and the student union like the plague': Students with Asperger Syndrome and their negotiation of university spaces. Children's geographies, 8 (1), 39-50.

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Abstract

Research was conducted to gain insight into the lives of students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) during their transitions into higher education. Eight students were recruited from across the United Kingdom to partake in a year-long longitudinal study that incorporated life-history interviews. In their responses, the majority of interviewees identified spaces within their universities as being inaccessible. They found obstacles locating themselves in spaces where other students generally tend to congregate (e.g. student unions, pubs, libraries) due to their sensory impairments. As a result, a number of respondents experienced difficulty engaging socially in university life. This paper explores how students with AS and hypersensitivities negotiated these barriers. While some experienced a sense of ease, others were not as successful. This difference in experience, as argued here, reflects the diversity of individuals who have AS. Reflecting upon this diversity, it is hoped this paper will contribute to raising the profile of young adults with AS and wider questions about disabled student support provision in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ableism, Asperger Syndrome, disabled students, higher education, hypersensitivity
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Quality Enhancement and Student Success
Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/14733280903500166
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Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 16:32
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2010 16:32
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1239

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