Autism in Education Showcase and Book Launch

Published
9 Jul 2021 Published 16 July 2021

Autism CRC and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) officially launched two ‘sister’ books published by Routledge at the Autism in Education Showcase and Book Launch event on 16 July:

  • Research Approaches to Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools: Outcomes, Challenges and Impact
  • Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools: A Practical Guide to Implementing Evidence-Based Approaches

Inclusive education has grown as an international movement to not only support students with disabilities, but to promote equitable access, participation, and success for all students. The latest Australian data show that only 26% of autistic adolescents are likely to go on to complete post-secondary education and training, significantly less than for all people with disability (45.5%) and for those without a disability (59.3%).

The first book, Research Approaches to Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools, will support researchers in the field of education disability research by outlining inclusive research approaches and their challenges, outcomes, and impact. Each chapter presents inclusive research approaches developed in Australian schools with students, families, teachers, and specialists.

Its sister volume, Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools, will transform the capacity of teachers and specialists working with students and families to effectively support an inclusive approach to education for students on the autism spectrum.

These two volumes are based on the translation of over six years of research from Autism CRC’s School Years Program into evidence-based and research-informed approaches and practices. Each are designed to support the work of teachers and specialists in inclusive educational environments.

The editorial teams were led by Autism CRC’s School Years Program Director Professor Suzanne Carrington, and included Autism CRC Project Leaders Associate Professor Beth Saggers, Dr Keely Harper-Hill and Associate Professor Michael Whelan. 

Both books were launched at the Autism in Education Showcase which highlighted a range of Autism CRC education resources and featured two panels. The first panel of autistic adults shared their lived experiences and discussed how autistic students can be better supported at school. This was followed by a panel discussion with a range of education researchers about their research into supporting students on the spectrum in inclusive school settings.

A recording of this event will be made available in the coming weeks.