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Youth With Autism Gravitate Toward STEM Majors in College--If They Get There
November 15, 2012
It's a popularly held belief that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gravitate toward STEM majors in college (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Now, a new study, co-authored by Paul Shattuck, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, confirms that view, yet finds that young adults with ASD also have one of the lowest overall college enrollment rates.
Washington University in St. Louis
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