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.
As an organization or individual supporting people with autism and other developmental disabilities, you are in the perfect position to help spread the word about new resources available through the Autism NOW National Resource and Information Center. Find out how you can help.
Autism NOW Center’s fact sheets on topics of importance to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities are a resource you and your family members can use to get information in an easy-to-read and understand format.
First of all, like any one else who is thinking about going to college, paying for tuition, books, and residential living need to be considered. These costs add up and over time, they can really impact the family’s resources. Find out more about paying for college in this section.
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).
Inclusion commonly refers to a movement focusing on enabling people with learning disabilities to do ordinary things.
For more and more students with disabilities, including those with autism, postsecondary education is considered the next major step in their lives after high school. Get answers to common questions about the step on this page.
Students with autism have numerous college options. Find out what the options are in this section.
There are a number of steps that students traditionally take to prepare for college. Find out more about those steps in this section.
As a result of civil rights legislation, Disability Support Services (DSS) were established to provide equal access to college for individuals with disabilities. Learn about it in this section.