STEM fields hold promise for students with autismautismautism spectrum disordergravitatenational economic competitivenessPaul Shattuck
Young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gravitate toward STEM majors in college, but just getting there is still a struggle.
“STEM careers are touted as being important for increasing both national economic competitiveness and individual career earning power,” says Paul Shattuck, assistant professor of social work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
“If popular stereotypes are accurate and college-bound youth with autism gravitate toward STEM majors, then this has the potential to be a silver lining story for a group where gloomy predictions about outcomes in adulthood are more the norm.”
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