There are various postsecondary education options for young adults on the autism spectrum. From academic coaching to transitional summer programs, here you can find information to help you and your adult child on the autism spectrum navigate the ins and outs of higher education.
Here are some resources to get you started.
A toolkit is a resource manual that is broken down into helpful sections. Please explore the various toolkits below, each containing helpful information in navigating the world of higher education.
- Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options
- A Guide to Preparing Your Child with a Disability for Life Beyond High School (Offers easy-to-understand information about the purpose of transition planning, the goal and importance of age appropriate assessments, and the required rules that are used by schools)
The articles and guides below cover a variety of topics related to life after high school. Some are written by professors, professionals, and others by organizations, universities, and parents like you.
- “Going to College with Autism”, Child Mind Institute
- Removing Access Barriers for Autistic College Students, ASAN (Webinar format)
- Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Institute for Community Inclusion
- Self-Advocacy Skills for Students With Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond, Henry B. Reiff, PhD. (paperback)
- Postsecondary Educational Opportunities, Autism Speaks (PDF)
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- Succeeding in College with Asperger’s , My Asperger’s Child
- Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview, Marci Wheeler M.S.W.
The websites below offer comprehensive support and/or information for a variety of issues related to higher education.
- Educational Associates and Affiliates (Premier academic coaching, advising, and organization consultants)
- The Daniel Fiddle Foundation (Contains links to specific higher education programs)
- Autism Society Pamphlet on Higher Education and Autism
- College Autism Spectrum (An independent organization of professionals who aim to assist students with ASD before and during the college process)
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- The Gersh Experience (A comprehensive, outside support organization that provides social skills, vocational, and educational support. It works with one four-year school and one community college; students can attend either and they can pursue a degree or a professional certification.)
- Comprehensive College Support for Asperger’s and Learning Differences (Another example of a comprehensive outside support organization)
- Minnesota Life College (Self-contained support organization that offers a transitional summer program and various other online resources)
- The Department of Education’s ADA Section 504 FAQ
- The HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center
- Professor Advice (Advice from a college professor with Asperger’s)
- Association on Higher Education and Disability
- Think College (A site devoted to college options for individuals with intellectual disabilities)
- College Board (Services for those with disabilities)
- ACT (Services for those with disabilities)
- Fair Test (List of schools that do not require standardized test scores)
- Organization for Autism Research Scholarship Program (Autism-specific scholarship opportunity)
- Rehabilitation Services Administration (Provide resources to those with disabilities to maximize independence, employment, and integration)
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