School activities that may be particularly challenging for students with Asperger's Disorder (also referred to as Asperger Syndrome) and high-functioning Autism include social interactions, noisy or disordered environments, intense sensory stimulation, and changes in expected routines. The unstructured parts of the school day, such as lunch, may present the greatest challenges. Many students with Asperger's Disorder or high-functioning Autism have difficulty using a pencil and paper for writing.
My name is Daniel. As an undergraduate mechanical engineering student, I am required to take a design and manufacturing laboratory course. In this course, students work in teams to build devices using mills, lathes, and other manufacturing equipment. I have high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. At the beginning of the term, I spoke with the instructor about my disability and accommodations.
Work-based learning experiences can help students make career decisions, select courses of study, develop job skills, and network with potential employers. For students with disabilities, work-based learning experiences provide a unique opportunity to explore different, job-related accommodations, and to practice disclosing their disabilities and requesting accommodations from employers.
At the end of 2010, I completed my Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Washington (UW). At the UW, the policy for dissertations states that the last page is the vita—a short biography of the student. I began mine with the sentence: "For the first 10 years of her life, Katherine N.