Graduating from the public school system doesn’t necessarily mean the end of formal education. There are various postsecondary education options for young adults on the autism spectrum. From academic coaching to transitional summer programs, below you will find information to help you and your adult child on the autism spectrum consider potential educational opportunities.
A Guide to Preparing Your Child with a Disability for Life Beyond High School (Offers easy-to-understand information about the purpose of transition planning, the goal and importance of age appropriate assessments, and the required rules that are used by schools)
“Going to College with Autism”, Child Mind Institute
Removing Access Barriers for Autistic College Students, ASAN (Webinar format)
Self-Advocacy Skills for Students With Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond, Henry B. Reiff, PhD. (paperback)
Postsecondary Educational Opportunities, Autism Speaks (PDF)
Succeeding in College with Asperger’s , My Asperger’s Child
Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview, Marci Wheeler M.S.W.
The Gersh Experience (A comprehensive, outside support organization that provides social skills, vocational, and educational support. It works with one four-year school and one community college; students can attend either and they can pursue a degree or a professional certification.)
Comprehensive College Support for Asperger’s and Learning Differences (Another example of a comprehensive outside support organization)
Think College (A site devoted to college options for individuals with intellectual disabilities)
College Board Exam Accommodations (Services for those with disabilities)
ACT Exam Accommodations and Supports (Services for those with disabilities)
Fair Test (List of schools that do not require standardized test scores)
Organization for Autism Research Scholarship Program (Autism-specific scholarship opportunity)
Rehabilitation Services Administration (Provide resources to those with disabilities to maximize independence, employment, and integration)