Autism Spectrum Navigators

Support program for Bellevue College students.

Mission
Our mission is to guide program students (the AS Navigators) toward successful academic outcomes while assisting them in gaining skills in executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction and self-advocacy.

Description
The AS Navigators program helps students discover their personal strengths and find ways to support their areas of difficulty so that they can lead personally fulfilling lives. The program is designed to increase accessibility to areas of college life and beyond, including academics, working with others, socializing, and being in the community. We celebrate the unique personality of each of our students, and respect their right to make individual choices.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASNavigators
Location: Bellevue, WA

College Internship Program

The College Internship Program provides individualized, post-secondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Learning Differences, Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism.

Website: http://www.collegeinternshipprogram.org/

College Living Experience

Post-secondary program for college-aged students with learning differences who require extra support with academic, social, and independent-living skills.

Website: www.experiencecle.com
Phone: Vanessa Lopez, outreach coordinator, at (831) 262-0566
Email: vlopez@experiencecle.com

Education Life: ABC’s of Accommodations

New York Times by Roger H. Martin

October 30, 2012

ACCORDING to the most recent government figures, about 11 percent of undergraduates, or over two million students, have a disability. Most have learning disabilities, like dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but 15 percent have an orthopedic or mobility impairment; 6 percent have a hearing impairment; and 3 percent are blind or visually impaired.

Although elementary and secondary schools are required by law to attempt to identify students with a disability and document their needs, in college it is the responsibility of students to identify themselves and request services.

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Going to College Website for Students with Disabilities

This website has been developed to help high school students learn about living college life with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.

Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

Website: http://www.going- to-college. org

Highline Community College Achieve Program | Employment

This program focuses on four major areas that prepare students for employment in the community: employment readiness, independent living, self-advocacy, and essential skill-building.

Website: http://ces.highline.edu/employment_services2.php

Navigating College Handbook

Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you.

Maybe you’re worried about getting accommodations, getting places on time, or dealing with sensory issues in a new environment. Maybe you could use some advice on how to stay healthy at school, handle dating and relationships, or talk to your friends and classmates about your disability. Maybe you want to talk to someone who’s already dealt with these issues. That’s where we come in.

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Navigating College
is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. But since we can’t teleport, and some of us have trouble meeting new people, this book is the next best thing…..”

Ari Ne’eman | President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Website: http://www.navigatingcollege.org/
Download: PDF

OLS-Venture Program at Bellevue College | Bellevue, WA

OLS-Venture is an accredited associate degree program at Bellevue College for students with intellectual disabilities. This program focuses on occupational skills, critical thinking, self determination, and critical life skills.

OLS is a 4 year program with service learning opportunities, community involvement, and vocational internship requirements. Students participate in enriched academic learning and social experiences that assist with the transition into adult work and daily life.

Website: www.bellevuecollege.edu/ols

Post High School Scholarship for Autism and Aspergers

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) holds an annual Schwallie Family Scholarship Competition to support qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome residing in the United States pursuing post-secondary education.

OAR will present awards of $3,000 each across three categories:

1) Four-year undergraduate college or university
2) Two-year undergraduate college
3) Trade, technical or vocational school

These will be one-time awards for any recipient. For details visit:

Website: http://www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) released this 12-minute video for use by college students with Asperger’s Syndrome as a tool to educate their professors, teaching assistants, and other about the condition. Video includes information on reasonable accommodations in the college classroom.

Download at no cost: www.researchautism.org/resources/AspergerDVDSeries.asp