Autism Advocacy Network

Autism Attending College

When it comes to college, students with autism face a unique set of challenges. For one, the social aspects of college can be overwhelming. There are new people to meet, new places to navigate and new expectations to meet. For some students with autism, the college experience can be so overwhelming that they drop out.

But there are also many students with autism who thrive in college. They find the social aspects of college to be stimulating, and they use the structure and routine of college to their advantage. They often find success in college by seeking out support and services, and by developing a strong support network.

If you are a student with autism who is considering college, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. College can be overwhelming, but it can also be a great opportunity to socialize and meet new people. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to find a support group or connect with other students with autism on campus.

  2. There are many services and supports available to students with autism in college. Seek out these resources and take advantage of them.

  3. Develop a strong support network of family, friends and professionals. These people can help you navigate the challenges of college and provide you with a sounding board when you need it.

  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. College can be challenging, but there are many people who want to help you succeed.

  5. Remember that you are not alone. There are many other students with autism in college who are facing the same challenges as you. Seek out these students and connect with them.

As a college student with a disability, you may be wondering what accommodations are available to you. Here is a rundown of what you can expect from your college in terms of disability accommodations.

First and foremost, all colleges and universities are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. This means that your college must make any necessary changes to its programs or activities in order to ensure that you have an equal opportunity to participate.

Some common accommodations that colleges provide include:

-Extended time on exams

-Alternate format textbooks

-Note takers

-Sign language interpreters

-Priority registration

-Housing accommodations

-Accessible transportation

In order to receive accommodations, you will need to provide your college with documentation of your disability. This can be in the form of a letter from a doctor or other medical professional, an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or a 504 Plan. Once your college has this documentation, they will work with you to determine what accommodations are necessary.

It is important to note that accommodations are not always available immediately. In some cases, it may take a few weeks or even a semester for your college to put the accommodations in place. However, if you plan ahead and communicate your needs early on, you can help to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.


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