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Autism Studies Research Guide

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

Welcome to the Autism Studies Research Guide!

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.

*A note about off-campus access:

You have access to all of the Pilgrim Library's online resources from the comfort of home! When using a library resource, like Business Source Complete, from home you'll be asked to log in with your name and library card number.

This library card is your student/faculty/staff i.d. card! The barcode number is found underneath the barcode and should start with 80.

If you are having trouble accessing resources please contact the Pilgrim Library and we will troubleshoot the problem. 

  • Phone: (419) 783-2481
  • E-mail:
  • Chat: Enter your question in the "Ask Us" purple side tab in the top right side of the library webpage under the banner. 

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:

  • The ASD Affinity Program for college students 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 collection in the Pilgrim Library for students, professionals, community members, and families

​The Hench Autism Studies collection is centrally located on the main/upper level in the Pilgrim Library near the elevator. New resources are added each year and circulate to faculty & staff, students, and community patrons. 

Pilgrim Library:   
  Click the purple "Ask Us" side tab above