Going to College with Special Needs
Autism and Higher Education Guidance for Parents
Just getting into college, let alone succeeding through four long years of classes, is stressful for most students and their families. When your child is autistic, this process can seem downright unmanageable. Many individuals on the autism spectrum have the smarts to succeed in higher education but may face struggles in other areas like time management, organization, finding and adapting to new routines, and dealing with the complex social environment of college. But none of these challenges will necessarily prevent your child from succeeding! There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, and many of them have excellent supports or even dedicated programs for students with disabilities. With planning, effort, and support, your child can earn a degree. Read our toolkit to get started.