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Autism Studies Research Guide

Discover library research tools to help you find articles, books, and other resources related to autism

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Click through the tabs on the left of this guide to find different resources all related to topics in autism studies research or use the databases listed below to get started on your autism studies research.

Hench Autism Studies Collection

Defiance College is home to a unique collection of books, dvds, and other resources for Autism Studies.  This collection was funded by the Hench family. As parents of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Eric and Deb Hench often felt frustration and isolation as they searched for suitable educational, health, and support services.  They turned this frustration into a mission. So it was that in 2007, equipped with 19 years of first-hand experience, the Hench family sat down with Defiance College administrators to design an innovative program to address the multi-faceted needs of a growing population of individuals with autism.

The Hench Autism Studies Program offers:

  • An on-campus public school classroom for adolescents with ASD
  • A summer camp for teens with ASD
  • Specialized undergraduate peer mentor training and relationships
  • An undergraduate minor in autism studies
  • Professional development opportunities for educators, social workers, law enforcement, and medical personnel
  • A resource center in the Pilgrim Library for students, professionals, community members, and families
  • The ASD Affinity Program for college students with ASD

‚ÄčThe Hench Autism Studies collection is located on the main/upper level in the Pilgrim Library next to the elevator, around the corner of the Information Desk. New resources are added each year and circulate to faculty & staff, students, and community patrons.