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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Milestones for Young Adults

Milestones For Young Adults/Transition to Independent Living is for men and women who need help transitioning into adulthood and the more complex society we live in today.

Milestones is based in the town of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho


Autism Spectrum Navigators

Support program for Bellevue College students.

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.

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.

Location: Bellevue, WA

CARE Clinic | Univ of Washington

NOTE: The Care Clinic was CLOSED on June 28, 2013

The UW CARE Clinic provides comprehensive and direct services for individuals living with neuro-developmental differences. UW CARE Clinic not only helps to address adult transition and community integration challenges, but stands together with families and individuals in achieving success in school, at home, in the workplace, and in society.

Phone:   (206) 897-1603