Autism In The Engineering Classroom

In the big push for more engineers today can we get them from autistic students Research has shown that college students with autism spectrum disorder ASD go into science technology engineering and math STEM fields more than students without ASD We speak with one of the researchers who studied this phenomenon Dr Jennifer Yu of SRI International Part 1 01 00 and we also discuss community colleges universal design and why learning to educate autistic students better can help educate all students better Then we hear from occupational therapist and doctoral candidate Marci Schneider in Florida Part 2 21 25 In her eighteen years of experience serving K-12 students with special needs she has gathered advice for teachers on how to approach ASD in STEM classrooms One final note comes from high school engineering teacher Melanie Kong in Seattle Part 3 35 50 who picked up a few insights in her early years on this topic Mentioned in this episode SRI international https www sri com Blog post from Dr Jennifer Yu Turning Autism Research into Support for Learning https www sri com blog turning-autism-research-support-learning Peer-reviewed research article on autism and STEM in college from Jennifer s team at SRI https www ncbi nlm nih gov pubmed 23114569 Dr Simon Baron-Cohen UK autism researcher https www autismresearchcentre com people Baron-Cohen National Longitudinal Transition Study http www nlts2 org Article from FastCompany by Vauhini Vara Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders Can It Find Them and Keep Them https www fastcompany com 3062835 hr microsoft-autism-hiring Article from CIO by Sharon Florentine How SAP is hiring autistic adults for tech jobs http www cio com article 3013221 careers-staffing how-sap-is-hiring-autistic-adults-for-tech-jobs html Peer-reviewed research article on autism and community college https www ncbi nlm nih gov pubmed 24158680 Google Classroom https classroom google com Read Write extension for Google Chrome https chrome google com webstore detail readwrite-for-google-chro inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd hl en-US Mercury extension an alternative to the Readability app which is no longer available as of October 2016 https mercury postlight com Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March 2017 We will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers https www sxsw com and http sxswedu com The cover art for this episode is full of origami cranes and it is inspired by the birds activity from past podcast guest Ellen Browne which Melanie describes at the end of this episode it is also inspired by the colored puzzle pieces historically used to symbolize autism at times Our opening music comes from School Zone radio edit by The Honorable Sleaze who s also on Soundcloud Our closing music is from Late for School by Bleeptor Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses https creativecommons org licenses by 4 0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at http www k12engineering net The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs http www pioslabs comClick here to visit this podcast episode