Autism and inclusive practices: mothers speak out

Pillay, Yosheen and Brownlow, Charlotte and March, Sonja ORCID: (2020) Autism and inclusive practices: mothers speak out. International Journal of Inclusive Education. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1360-3116


The aim of this study was to explore the role of Mothers of young adults on the autism spectrum in Australia, during the transition to adulthood. Data collected through interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis resulting in two themes relevant to autism and inclusive practices: Inclusion Support and Mothers’ Support. The findings showed that organisational pressure in meeting key educational performance outcomes influenced inclusive practices specifically for young adults on the autism spectrum who were deemed to require high levels of support. The inclusion support theme highlighted that schools, universities, and employers viewed Autism Spectrum Disorder through a deficit lens, with young adults on the autism spectrum positioned as low achievers. Whilst there are policies supporting inclusive education in Australia, individuals on the autism spectrum continue to experience inequity and exclusion, which were challenged by Mothers’ persistence and reflected in the second theme on Mothers Support. The findings highlight the need for educational and socially inclusive interventions to support the heterogeneity in individual, social, communication, and behavioural challenges in young adults on the autism spectrum.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 05:41
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusion; transition; autism spectrum disorder; support; mothers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
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