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How do I find a college program that tailors to students with Asperger’s and Autism?
This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.
Attending a postsecondary institution – a four-year college or university, a community college, or other postsecondary training program – presents new opportunities and challenges for every student. Pursuing postsecondary education allows students to broaden their social horizons while preparing academically for meaningful employment. Students with disabilities have a large array of options when it comes to choosing a postsecondary learning environment. The information and resources in this site allow students to explore their options, explain key differences between K-12 and postsecondary supports, and attempt to guide students and their families through the transition from high school to postsecondary education.
More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.
Navigating College: A Project from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from adults with Autism who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and they are offering the advice they wish someone had given them when they 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.”
Autism After 16 – Leaving Free and Appropriate and Avoiding Expensive and Mismatched
Postsecondary education is not an entitlement to anyone, and therefore the cast of characters in the decision-making process greatly diminishes. Gone are the IEP meetings where the conference table was once surrounded by therapists, teachers, advocates and governing interests. What was once free and appropriate education quickly becomes expensive and mismatched, if one’s not careful. So many parents find themselves asking: What considerations should we make when deciding on a postsecondary education program?
Online Learning for Students with Disabilities
A complete guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom.
Pathways Program of the Workforce & Technology Center of Maryland
Pathways provides educational support services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The DORS Pathways Program is a collaboration between DORS and two- and four-year colleges throughout the state.
Financial Aid, Scholarships and Resources for Students with Autism and Learning Disabilities
Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.
College Funding for Students with Disabilities
A guide to paying for college by Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT).
Federal Student Aid
Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
Loans and Financial Aid
This list is provided by Disability.gov.
College Resources for Students with Disabilities
A Guide from Affordable Colleges Online that includes an overview of the various cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities students face while attending school, reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students, and tips and resources to help students transition from college to career.
A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities
A wide range of scholarships, grants, and tips on how to apply for them from MoneyGeek.
How to Find and Apply for Scholarships, Loan Forgiveness and Other Tuition Assistance
This guide focuses on helping students with disabilities find the resources they need to pay for and succeed in college.
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