In this section of the site, you’ll find information on classroom and education-related subjects such as individualized education programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, transition planning for students, information for college students and more.

Making the Transition from High School to College

One of the major milestones for young adults is making the transition from high school to college. College is the first step to independence. It can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. Individuals living with autism spectrum disorders require additional support. Learn about the types of services available to help you or your loved one make college a memorable experience.

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Resources to Help Young Adults with Autism Find the Right College

Many colleges offer services to help students living with disabilities succeed. Start your college planning now and learn about programs and services that colleges offer.

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College Students

The transition to college can be stressful for anyone. It can be especially hard for students with an autism spectrum disorder, who have difficulties accessing the social networks that other students rely on for support. Before making a decision, explore the kinds of supports that schools provide to students with disabilities.

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Individualized Education Programs

The Individualized Education Program or IEP is a written statement describing a child with a disability’s learning goals and the supports that the school will provide to help the child achieve those goals. IEPs were first mandated under Education of All Handicapped Children Act in 1975 – now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that entitles children with disabilities to a free public education. The law has been amended three times since 1975, when it was first enacted as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.

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Post-Secondary Education

Find out more information on going to college, the opportunities available for people with autism and other developmental disabilities at college, how to look for the right college and much more.

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Transition Planning for Students

Transition planning is a results-oriented process designed to facilitate the successful movement of high school-aged youth with disabilities from school to adult life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (2004) requires that transition services be included in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) when she or he is 16 years old or younger. (Some states require the process to begin at 14).

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