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    Many post-secondary institutions around the country offer training and certification programs as well as individualized and group support services. If you would like to add your listing to this page, contact Jane Brown at . Please include the name of the school, program name, URL, brief description of services, contact information and costs as appropriate.




    2-YEAR, 4-YEAR & SECONDARY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

    Alabama UA-ACTS - University of Alabama
    University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders College Transition and Support Program (UA-ACTS) offers comprehensive academic and behavioral support. $3000 per semester
    Arkansas University of Arkansas Autism Support Program
    Comprehensive services to our students in the areas of academics, social skills, and transitioning to independent adult roles. For more information, please contact Dr. Aleza Greene, 479-595-6071, asgreene@uark.edu. $5000 per semester.
    California The College Link Program - California State University, East Bay
    The College Link Program (CLP) mission is to help students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to transition and succeed in the higher education environment. Our goal is to assist students in leveraging their individual strengths to facilitate academic and social success. The CLP staff fosters student educational, career, social and independent living skills through creative and flexible approaches to individual needs. The College Link Program philosophy is to increase student independence and decrease dependence on familial and coaching support over the course of the student’s educational career.
    California Transition to Independent Living Program at Taft College-California
    Post-secondary program focused on independent living skills
    Connecticut University of Connecticut Beyond Access (BA)
    Beyond Access (BA) provides an opportunity for students to work smarter, not harder, in a competitive academic environment while also preparing for life beyond college. Students enrolled in BA work closely with a trained Strategy Instructor (SI) to design and customize their program based on their individual goals and learning profile.
    Florida Access Plus - Nova Southeastern University
    Access Plus. a comprehensive program for services, academic, residential and vocational. $8,000 per semsester. Contact Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director of the Autism Institute, at 954-262-7129 or kabot@nova.edu.
    Florida Autism Inclusion Program - University of West Florida
    The Autism Inclusion Program is offered by Inclusion Services and Programs in the Division of Student Affairs. The program provides academic, social, life skills, and career planning support to students with Autism (Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism) who attend the University of West Florida. Key areas include Academic Support, Social and Community Involvement, Transition and Life Skills, Career Preparation.For more information, contact Dr. Vannee Cao-Nguyen at 850.474.2387 or vcao@uwf.edu.
    Illinois STEP - Eastern Illinois University
    Eastern Illinois University's Students with Autism Transitional Education Program focuses on providing enhanced support in three main skill set areas. A solid foundation of Academic, Social , and Daily-living (ASD) skill sets is crucial for the success of post-secondary students. Cost is $1000 a semester, and students can be in it as many semesters as they like from 1-graduation. For more information, contact STEP@eiu.edu.
    Iowa Lynch Learning Center - Loras College
    Students enrolled in the program will meet weekly with their Lynch Learning Center coach and attend weekly study table sessions and bi-monthly mentoring meetings. In addition to skill building, students will receive specialized career prep including job shadowing, career fairs, internships and one-on-one resume and cover letter counseling.
    Kentucky Kelly Autism Program - Western Kentucky University
    The KAP Circle of Support provides five major areas of assistance: private dorm room, study tables, mentoring and socials. The theoretical frame work for the Circle of Support is Social Information Processing Theory and Executive Function Skill Development. All students within the Circle of Support are degree seeking students at Western Kentucky University. Fee is $5,000/ semester.
    Massachusetts Western New England University
    Mentoring program in conjunction with ABA doctoral program and the psychology department. Contact Bonnie Alpert through Disability Services at 413-782-1257.
    Michigan College Supports Program - Eastern Michigan University
    The College Supports Program (CSP) at the Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center is designed to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they transition into college and through completion of their degree. For more information, contact Callie Boik at 734-487-4418 or cboik2@emich.edu.
    New Jersey COMPASS Program - Fairleigh Dickinson University
    The Metropolitan Campus COMPASS Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University is an individually tailored, comprehensive, academic and social support program for up to six college students with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome in each incoming class.
    New Jersey CSP - Rutgers University
    The College Support Program (CSP), under the direction of Rutgers Health Services-Counseling, Alcohol & other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), supports students who are first accepted to the University and then to the CSP as they begin, continue and prepare to graduate from the University. The CSP is a comprehensive program that assists students through provision of direct service and collaboration with University services that address executive functioning, social competence, academic skills, self-care, self-advocacy and career preparation. Applications, documentation and in-person interviews required. Fee: $3500/semester (minimum of two consecutive semesters recommended). For more information, call 848-932-7884.
    New York Daemen College
    Provides individualized transition support and life skills mentoring to students on the spectrum. Contact Jennifer Runco at jrunco@daemen.edu for more information.
    New York PAC - Manhattanville College
    Manhattanville College offers a comprehensive program for students with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. The Pathways And Connections (PAC) Program is a fee-based program that will include features such as career development, individual counseling, peer-mentoring and a partnership with Purchase College’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Program for social events.
    New York Bridges to Adelphi Program - Adelphi University
    The Bridges to Adelphi Program at Adelphi University provides comprehensive academic, social, and vocational support services to students with A.S., or other non-verbal learning disorders. $2750 per semester above other tuition, fees and charges. Contact bridges@adelphi.edu for more information.
    New York Spectrum Support Program - Rochester Institute of Technology
    The Spectrum Support Program provides innovative supports that positively impact the college experience for RIT students, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders. We are committed to helping students build the connections to RIT that will assist them in achieving academic, social and career success. The program seeks to create a campus culture of acceptance and support through collaboration, consultation, and training.
    Ohio ASD Affinity Program - Defiance College
    ASD Affinity Program - Comprehensive academic, social and residential support services that assist students with ASD in reaching their personal and professional goals, $10,230 per semester, financial aid available. Contact Brad Harsha at 419-783-2365 or bharsha@defiance.edu.
    Ohio RASE - Wright State University
    The Office of Disability Services (OSD) at Wright State University developed the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program to provide an additional layer of individualized support for students on the spectrum throughout their transition to college, particulary in their first year on campus. For full information, please download our our online brochure.
    Pennsylvania Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support - St. Joseph's University
    The Kinney Center ASPIRE Program provides Saint Joseph's University students who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprehensive customized support as they transition to college and matriculate. The ASPIRE program includes crisis intervention and prevention, time management strategies, independent living and social skills training, peer mentors, and a supported work environment. The Kinney Center acts an intermediary with faculty, residence life, academic support, and facilitates training and advocacy programs for the campus community. Cost: $6000 per academic year
    Pennsylvania BASIS Program - Edinboro University
    The BASIS (Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success) Program assists students with an autism spectrum disorder through individualized transition support. Academics, social competence, daily living skills, communication, and employment are the focus of BASIS. A wide range of staff, peer advisors, and campus resources collaborate to provide students with ASD a positive successful experience.
    Pennsylvania Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP)- West Chester University
    The mission of D-CAP is to provide evidence-based social and behavior supports to help WCU matriculated students with autism develop the independent life and interpersonal skills to graduate and lead successful professional lives.
    Pennsylvania CSP - Eastern University
    The College Success Program for Students Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a comprehensive program providing academic, social, life skills, and cultural supports to undergraduate students living with ASD. $4000 per semester. Contact Dr. Sharon Thompson at 484-654-2378 or sthompson@eastern.edu.
    Pennsylvania Labyrinth Center - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    The Labyrinth Center provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to support IUP students with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) as they build relationships, gain independence, experience academic success, and graduate from IUP with the professional and personal skills needed to embark on a fulfilling life and career.
    Pennsylvania AIM Program - Mercyhurst University
    The AIM Program at Mercyhurst University supports students in all areas of the college experience, including campus life as well as class work. Students are evaluated in key domains that are essential to higher education and vocational success. These A.I.S.E domains explore functioning in Academic, Independent, Social and Emotional areas. Students enrolling in AIM pay an annual fee that covers services and resources provided throughout the academic year. Contact Brad McGarry at (814) 824-2451 or bmcgarry@mercyhurst.edu for more information.
    Pennsylvania St. Joseph's University
    Located in the office of student. Success and retention Program costs $3,000 per year for students. Meet with advisor bi-weekly Has social worker and psychologist on staff.
    Tennessee Austin Peay State University
    A pilot program providing peer mentors , life coaches and additional supports. Contact Dr. Gina Grogan at 931.221.7546 or grogang@apsu.edu.
    Tennessee Mosaic - University of Tennessee Chattanooga
    Mosaic is a multifaceted and comprehensive program developed to support the holistic needs of UTC students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Contact Michelle Rigler at 423-425-4008 or Michelle-Rigler@utc.edu.
    Texas Project CASE - Texas Tech University
    The Project CASE (Connections for Academic Success and Employment) program at Texas Tech University assists students with autism and other complex developmental disabilities to successfully navigate college. The program fees are $6,000 per fall and spring semester; $1500 per summer session. Contact Dr. DeAnn Lechtenberger at deann.lechtenberger@ttu.edu for more information. A one-page info sheet plus brochure is available as a PDF download.
    Texas Tarrant County College
    TCC has designed a new class especially for adult students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Instructors with specialized training will help students prepare for college. The introductory class, Autism I, primarily provides students with academic and social support.
    Virginia George Mason University
    Comprehensive, individualized services to support Mason students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services in the areas of academics, social skills, communication, and transition into university life. $3200 per semester. For more information, contact Jessica Machado at jmachado@gmu.edu or (703) 993-2474.
    Virginia STEPS Program - Virginia Tech
    The STEPS (Stepped Transition for Students with ASD) Program at Virginia Tech provides services to promote transition to college for local high school students and success for current college students. This program is funded by a federal grant (NIMH; PI White). There is no cost for participation to families, but families must be local (in southwestern Virginia - no residential). Contact psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com for more information.
    Washington SAILS - Seattle Central College
    SAILS (Supported Academics and Independent Living Services) is a part of Seattle Central College. Our college is located in the heart of Seattle, in the dynamic Capitol Hill neighborhood. SAILS provides students with Asperger’s and Autism individualized academic coaching to promote their college success. Cost is $2,180 per quarter. Contact Alison McCormick
    Washington Autism Spectrum Navigators program - Bellevue College
    Access services for autistic students, including individualized peer mentoring, and facilitated communication with instructors. No charge for program services, other than tuition for 2-credit course taken with cohort students each quarter. Quarterly parent meetings with student permission.
    West Virginia College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome at Marshall University- West VA Autism Training Center
    Positive behavior and academic support. $3200 per semester.
    Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College
    "Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College" - WNPR News

    Forbes.com: More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum
    "More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum" - Forbes

    The Village Voice: With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help
    "With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help" - The Village Voice

    Autistic, And College-Bound on Vermont Edition of NPR
    "Autistic, And College-Bound" - NPR

    CBS News story on Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum
    "Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum" - CBS News

    USA Today College : Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum
    "Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum" - USA Today

    NPR - All Things Considered
    "Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College" - NPR


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