Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview

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Contributed by Marci Wheeler, MSW from Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Each year more information about the college experiences of those on the autism spectrum is written by their parents, professionals and these students on the autism spectrum.

“Temple Grandin” a biopic movie of Temple’s life premiered last year on HBO, and won several Emmy and other awards. Included in the film, of this very accomplished woman with autism, is a significant look at Temple’s experience at college. This film also reminds us that fellow college students need information to better understand their peers on the autism spectrum and how to include and support them.

There is much more to college life than academics. Intellectually these students are often very bright but many may face a variety of “hidden challenges” that can undermine their ability to navigate a typical college campus and perform well in class. This article will discuss some of the challenges and possible academic supports for students on the autism spectrum.

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Adult Family Home Locator – Washington State

Adult Family Home Locator | Washington State Social and Health Services

Adult Family Home Locator

Search for licensed adult family homes by geographic location.


Learn what questions to ask and things to look for to find the right home for you in our free booklet Choosing Care in an Adult Family Home or Boarding Home (PDF).

Apprenticeship Information – ODEP

The goal of the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) apprenticeship initiative is to increase systems capacity to provide integrated inclusive apprenticeship training to youth and young adults with a full range of disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, and to utilize the increased flexibilities detailed in DOL’s newly released apprenticeship regulations.


Housing and Employment Resources – The Arc of King County

The Arc of King County | Washington State

Housing and Employment Resources


Resource GuideAge 22 and older

Is Short-Term Job Coaching Practical for Autism Employment?

Autism Employment Experts Debate the Role of Job Coaches

from Autism Works, December, 2010

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Parent’s Guide to Transition

Download the FREE 86-page: Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood


Students with Disabilities – Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School

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Supported Employment & Supported Volunteerism Training Manual

Supported Living Program Locator – WA State

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Transition Tool Kit

Untapped Talent | A guide to employing people with Autism

Research by The National Autistic Society indicates that there are currently just 15% of adults with autism in full time employment. This compares with around 31% for all disabled people in full-time employment and 57% for non disabled people of working age in full time employment in Great Britain. Given the many talents and skills that adults with autism can bring to a business I am determined to work with businesses and other partners to increase this figure.

We need to be clear to employers that making business environments more ‘autism friendly’ is not about meeting corporate social responsibility objectives, but about tapping into and seeking out the most talented individuals for a role. That is why I am delighted that a range of employers and organisations have worked with The National Autistic Society and Department for Work and Pensions to produce this leaflet.

see PDF: Untapped Talent – A guide to employing peope with autism