"I really do like socialising with my friends..." - Social support for young people with autism in transition

Jacqui Shepherd

University of Sussex

Jacqui is a Lecturer in Education and is Course Leader for the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice. She also co-ordinates the SEND provision for trainee teachers within the department and supervises research students with interests in special educational needs, autism, disability and inclusion. Jacqui's doctoral research was a longitudinal exploration of the transition of young people with autism as they left special school to go on to mainstream further education colleges. Her other research interests include special educational needs and disabilities, inclusive education, autism, learning difficulties and transitions for young people with disabilities into work, training and adulthood.


Background: This longitudinal research study set out to understand the experience of transition from the point of view of young people with autism as they left special school and started at mainstream college. The research... [ view full abstract ]

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This research was carried out for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Sussex (and has been awarded as such). The proposal for the research was cleared by the University of Sussex Research... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jacqui Shepherd (University of Sussex)

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S9 » Symposia: Lifespan; life cycles/transitions I (09:00 - Saturday, 17th September, Tinto Room)

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