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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 Thierfeld Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the school, program name, URL, brief description of services, contact information and costs as appropriate.
2-YEAR & 4-YEAR POST-SECONDARY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
Autism Spectrum Disorders College Transition and Support Program (UA-ACTS)
University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders College Transition and Support Program (UA-ACTS) offers comprehensive academic and behavioral support. $3000 per semester
Arkansas State University – Jonesboro, AR
EduCare is a comprehensive support program designed for college students with autism who are interested in working towards an online degree and a successful career. EduCare students can remain at home with confidence in their existing supports and familiar environment while engaging in online courses through A-State Online. Support will be provided through a mentorship program and regular meetings with the EduCare team. Each student will work collaboratively with the EduCare team and their mentor to develop skills in the four domains of education, social competency, community living skills, and career preparation. EduCare will also host an InterACT summer program to provide students with inclusive opportunities to practice the skills they have been building throughout the year.
Contact Information: Kerry Tew at email@example.com or (870) 680-4379.
Costs: There are no additional costs to be a part of the EduCare program.
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR
Autism Support Program
The goal of the University of Arkansas Autism Support Program is to provide the intensive assistance that students with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified), and non-verbal learning disability need in order to be successful in college.
California State University, East Bay – Hayward, CA
The College Link Program
The College Link ProgramThe 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 philosophy is to increase student independence and decrease dependence on familial and coaching support over the course of the student’s educational career.
Golden West College – Huntington Beach, CA
The Comprehensive Autism Program (CAP,) includes academic, career, transfer, social-emotional, and crisis counseling. The program also includes academic coaching, peer mentoring, and faculty & staff student support. We have weekly group meetings called The Loop discussing topics like, student success, relationships, mental health, & independence. We also have fun activities like sporting events, smash video game tournaments, art shows and potlucks.
University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT
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.
University of Delaware – Newark, DE
Spectrum Scholars is a college-to-career support program for autistic students at the University of Delaware. Our vision is to empower autistic people and our communities—on campus and in the workplace—through collaboration, advocacy, research, education, and service. Spectrum Scholars offers support services ranging from comprehensive coaching, peer mentoring, and career development opportunities (application required), to general, group-based supports, trainings, and workshops for UD faculty, staff, and partners.
Program Manager – Wes Garton
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Spectrum Scholars is currently a grant-funded program and there is no additional cost for comprehensive services.
Nova Southeastern University – Broward County, FL
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 email@example.com.
University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
Student Opportunities for Career, Independent Living, and Academic Life (SOCIAL Gators)
SOCIAL Gators (Student Opportunities for Career, Independent, and Academic Life) is a program for UF degree-seeking students who identify as students on the autism spectrum and want to enhance their skills for a more enriching college experience. The program focuses on assisting students with developing skills for social interactions, independent living, career seeking, and academics through the provision of four services.
University of North Florida – Jacksonville, FL
To ensure UNF students with ASD experience successful collegiate benchmarks, THRIVE was created and developed by dedicated staff within the disability resource center (DRC) and the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). Unique to UNF and the DRC, THRIVE focuses on three primary areas of need including (a) social skills, (b) independent and responsible living skills, and (c) career development skills. These core components comprise the fundamental premises of THRIVE and consist of a series of steps to achieve competency in each of the three areas. Using students’ strengths and skills, THRIVE staff will assist and support student-directed goals in each area identified by the student.
University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL
Argos for Autism Program
The Argos for Autism Program (AAP) is a Beyond Access service offered by the Student Disability Resource Center that provides academic, social, life skills, and career planning support to students with autism who attend the University of West Florida. The goal of the AAP is to enhance their college experience by providing assistance with navigating the college experience. Students receive assistance with navigating their UWF experience from the Center for Behavior Analysis. Weekly coaching for students is provided by Student Accessibility Resources staff to address individual needs. During coaching sessions, the students work with their coaches on one of the following four areas: Academic Coaching, Social & Community Involvement, Transition & Life Skills, Career Preparation. Contact The UWF Center for Behavior Analysis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-474-2704.
Emory University – Atlanta, GA
Emory Oaks Program
Emory Oaks is a support program for autistic students enrolled at Emory University. Participating students have access to a staff member who is called a Support Navigator (SN). The SN meets with students regularly (e.g., weekly) to get to know the student in terms of their goals, gifts, interests, and strengths. From there, the SN and the student work collaboratively to identify goals and the SN is there as a support ensure that students indeed access the supports and services at Emory that they need or desire. Some common connections include access to Emory entities that provide academic accommodations, career support, mentors, academic coaching, mental wellness support, and others based on feedback from the student. For more information, contact Emory Oaks staff at email@example.com.
Reinhardt University – Waleska, GA
By participating in the SEAD program, students should be able to achieve the following: have a smooth transition into the college atmosphere, increase awareness of strategies and skills for application in the social college atmosphere, and make connections with students and staff to maintain support throughout their college experience.
University of Idaho – Moscow, ID
The Raven Scholars Program
The Raven Scholars Program supports students on the autism spectrum by providing coordination of campus services, peer mentoring, social and life skills coaching, supported decision making and strategies to improve academic, social, and life skills. There is no cost for University of Idaho students to participate in Raven Scholars.
Associate Director, Raven Scholars – Leslie Gwartney
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pathways Collegiate Program is designed to help autistic students garner the support and guidance needed to adjust to campus life, earn their university degree, and make a successful transition to the workplace. For more information on Pathways programs, please email Brianne Jonathan at email@example.com.
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.
Harper College – Palatine, IL
Transition Autism Program (TAP)
The Transition Autism Program is designed to meet the specific needs of students on the Autism Spectrum as they transition from high school to college. We bolster success in academics by direct support from professional staff. This unique program provides peer mentoring to improve interpersonal relationships and establish a connection at Harper, specialized academic support, and a parent support component. In addition, there are Job Readiness workshops that include resume writing, interview skills and job search strategies. TAP selects and approves cohorts of new student on the Autism Spectrum each Fall semester. TAP students are also offered multiple opportunities to be sociable, at ADS Success Club meetings and at other on-campus events each semester. No additional fees
Ancilla College – Donaldson, IN
The Autism Program at Ancilla College (APAC)
A college-level program to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to build social, workplace, and academic skills and knowledge. APAC is designed for students who, while exhibiting superior intellectual ability, face serious challenges with communication, social interactions and group educational settings.
Marian University – Indianapolis, IN
Spectrum of Knights
Marian University’s Spectrum of Knights (SOK) Autism Program is a fee-based program that provides individualized support and guidance to students on the autism spectrum. The program allows students to work one-on-one with Marian University’s Autism Coordinator, Hannah Melton, who will guide and coach students from their first year on campus through graduation.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
The BUILD Program
UIndy students with learning-related disabilities can find full support in earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree through the BUILD program, Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled.
Loras College – Dubuque, IA
Autism Resources for Career and Higher Education (ARCH)
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.
Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, KY
Kelly Autism Program
The KAP Circle of Support provides six major areas of assistance: private dorm room, study tables, mentoring, socials, counseling and weekly advisor meetings. The theoretical framework for the Circle of Support is Social Information Processing Theory and Executive Functioning Skill Development. The cost of the program is $5,000.00 per semester. All students within the Circle of Support are degree seeking students at Western Kentucky University.
Nicholls State University – Thibodaux, LA
Bridge to Independence
The Bridge to Independence Program is designed to support students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the pursuit of their chosen degree at Nicholls State University. Bridge provides systematic monitoring of academic, behavioral, and social performance. Academic coaches and peer mentors provide tutoring and facilitate participation in campus activities and organizations. Bridge staff assists in advising, self-advocacy, coordination of services, and reserved on-campus housing. For more information contact Dr. Mary Breaud at email@example.com or our program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Townson University – Townson, MD
College Autism Peer Support (CAPS)
The College Autism Peer Support (CAPS) program is for registered Towson University students on the autism spectrum who are looking for additional support to help them achieve success. This program includes regular group meetings as well as individual peer mentoring. For more information: 410 704-4486 or email@example.com
Merrimack College – Merrimack, MA
The Activate Program
The Activate Program was developed in the fall of 2018 to expand the overall sense of belonging for our neurodiverse students (with autism, Asperger’s, or related). In Activate, students have a space to build their own identity and network of community, feel supported in their academic endeavors, and develop self and diversity pride.
Activate focuses on three main areas of student life: building identity & network of community, through programs and social events; academic support, through coaching meetings, workshops, and a First-Year Experience course; and career readiness, through supervised paid mentorship positions and ongoing professional development. No extra cost, included with tuition. Information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, MI
College Supports Program
The College Supports Program (CSP) at the Eastern Michigan University 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 Merkel at email@example.com.
Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
BOND – Building Opportunities for Networking and Discovery
BOND offers structured opportunities for social, academic, and independent living skills development. Within this program, students connect with others facing similar challenges, grow capacity,
and contribute awareness and ability to the broader MSU and autism
community. Participants are empowered as learners and leaders while they shape the development of this dynamic program.
Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI
Autism Services Center
St. Cloud University – St. Cloud, MN
Supporting Autistic Students Success Initiative (SASSI)
The SASSI mission is to provide educational opportunities that lead to successful academic and social outcomes for neurodivergent students, and that promote a campus and community environment of inclusion and understanding of students, faculty, and staff with neurological differences. For more information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mississippi State University – Starkville, MS
Autism Liaison Services
The Autism Liaison Services offers a variety of supports to degree seeking students on the Autism Spectrum to facilitate their success at Mississippi State and beyond. The program provides direct services and collaboration with University services to assist students in developing skills for achieving academic, social, and career success. The program offers one-on-one and group support and guidance from staff, peer-mentoringing, social events, preemployment workshops, and more. Contact Jordan Spencer at 662-325-2775 or email@example.com for more information.
Facebook handle: @MSStateAutismLiaisons
Twitter handle: @AutismLiaisons
University of Missouri–St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
Designed to encourage and facilitate students to gain independence through academics, vocational experiences, and residential/student life.
University of Montana – Missoula, MT
MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) Program
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck, NJ
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.
Ramapo College of New Jersey – Mahwah, NJ
The ENHANCE program is a therapeutic support program which takes a holistic approach and focuses on social, emotional, and organizational growth to assist those students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome in adapting and flourishing in college and beyond. For more information, contact 201-684-7522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ
The College Support Program (CSP)
The College Support Program (CSP) is a unit within the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS), a division of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). CSP supports students who are first accepted to the University and then to the CSP as they begin, continue and prepare to graduate from Rutgers. The CSP is a comprehensive program that assists students through provision of direct service and collaboration with key University campus partners. CSP addresses executive functioning, social competence, academic skills, self-care, self-advocacy and more with the students it supports. Applications, supporting documentation and in-person interviews are required. Fee: $7000/year (minimum of two consecutive semesters recommended). For more information, please email: email@example.com
Adelphi University – Garden City, NY
Bridges to Adelphi Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Daemen College – Amherst, NY
Provides individualized transition support and life skills mentoring to students on the spectrum. Contact Debbie Dimtrovski at email@example.com for more information.
Iona College – New Rochelle, NY
College Assistance Program
The College Assistance Program (CAP) at Iona College is an optional, fee-based program that offers comprehensive support and services for students with diagnosed learning disabilities, AD/HD, traumatic brain injuries or are on the autism spectrum.
Manhattanville College – Harrison, NY
Pathways And Connections (PAC) Program
The Pathways and Connections Program is an innovative and comprehensive fee-based program designed to assist college-ready students on the Autism Spectrum. The program focuses on executive functioning skills in the social realm and supports students with transitional skills and integration into the campus community. The PAC Program components include individual, customized meetings with PAC Coordinator, weekly group sessions, peer mentoring and social events.
New York University – New York City, NY
NYU Connections ASD program
The NYU Connections Program for its Global Autistic Students is a free and optional program for autistic NYU undergrads, graduate and doctoral students dedicated to promoting student success through a peer-led culture of acceptance and belonging. The program focuses on recognizing and building on each student’s unique strengths and providing opportunities to connect with other neurodiverse NYU students through group meetings and projects. NYU Connections ASD provides training and resources for faculty and administrators on topics related to neurodiversity, and it is also expanding its employment and social opportunities farther and farther outside our campuses. Of great importance is that as the Connections Programed is administered by noted author and autism figure, Michael John Carley, it is the first such program with an autistic person at the helm.
Purchase College, SUNY – Purchase, NY
Cornerstone Connect provides students executive functioning support to assist in their transition to Purchase College.
This fee-based service offers full-time matriculated students resources, strategies, and assistive technologies to enhance their learning experience.
Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
Spectrum Support Program
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. Program components include: coaching, cross-campus collaboration and referral, sponsored social events, and pre-arrival programming for incoming students. The Neurodiverse Hiring Initiative was developed to strengthen the graduation and employment outcomes of neurodivergent students. The initiative connects students with employers who are seeking to diversify their workforce and provides opportunities for students build career readiness skills, add to work experiences and strengthen resumes.
Defiance College – Defiance, OH
ASD Affinity Program
Comprehensive academic and social support services that assist students with ASD in reaching their personal and professional goals, $3,500 per semester, financial aid available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Kent State University – Kent, OH
Autism Advocates & AIREO
Muskingum University – New Concord, OH
The PLUS Program’s Embedded Learning Strategy model blended with a Learning Conversation approach is designed to empower rather than rescue students. Based on their past educational experiences, students may view this as a change and must realize that periods of adjustment accompany any change.
Ohio University – Athens, OH
ASPeCT: Autism Spectrum PEer Coaching Team
Student Accessibility Services developed a coaching support program to address the increasing need to support students on the autism spectrum. The program is designed to provide an additional layer of individualized support for students throughout their transition to college.
The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
Autism College Experience (ACE!)
Autism College Experience (Ace!) is a part of Nisonger Center’s Social Programs (Aspirations Ohio & Next Chapter Book Club). Ace! is a program led by Karen Krainz Edison, MSW, LSW and Erin Harris, MSW, LISW-S to help students with autism or similar communication conditions at The Ohio State University and other local colleges confidently navigate the college experience. This is done by coordinating services that foster self-determination, social communication, and campus connections. Ace! staff will assist students in achieving academic, social, and post-graduate goals.
Stark State College – North Canton, OH
Building Academic and Social Excellence (BASE)
To assist our students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a successful transition to Stark State College, offering support and tools that will aid in their success at Stark State College and beyond. For information, go to the website of the campus disability office.
University of Dayton – Dayton, OH
The Office of Learning Resources is home to the ACES Program which supports neurodiverse students on UD’s campus. As part of this program, neurodiverse students meet weekly with the ACES coordinator to develop skills for academic success, self advocacy, as well as connection to campus resources. Additionally, the program includes monthly social and educational programming to build community and a sense of belonging within the cohort. For information, go to the website of the ACES Program.
Wright State University – Dayton, OH
Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE)
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) 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 during their transition to college; particularly in their first year on campus.
Xavier University – Cincinnati, OH
The X-Path Program is a program established to provide individualized support for students on the autism spectrum or with related disorders. Support and coaching is tailored to the needs of each participating student to promote the development of academic competence, social integration, and self-advocacy. The mission of the X-Path Program is to increase opportunities for success for students who have autism and related disorders. Each student will work directly with the Accommodation and Support Coordinator and will also be assigned to a Peer Coach.
University of Science and Arts – Chickasha, OK
The Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity will assist students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the transition to college life and help ensure postsecondary success. The program focuses on a collaborative model that promotes the development of self-advocacy and independent living skills to encourage strong academic and social progress.
University of Tulsa – Tulsa, OK
Willamette University – Salem, OR
College Access Navigators (CAN)
College Access Navigators (CAN) is an innovative support program for autistic students and students with ADD/ADHD to assist them in accessing campus resources. Willamette University strives to ensure that the autistic and ADD/ADHD student populations have access to student supports, academic advising, course instructions, and campus activities. CAN will be piloted by the Student Success Hub Fall 2019 in collaboration with the Autism Spectrum Navigators program at Bellevue College in Washington State.
Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA
The Olitsky Family Foundation Career-Readiness Program
Our career readiness program for students with cognitive and emotional differences is run through our Career and Professional Development Center, with extensive consultation and support from Disability Resources.
Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA
Drexel Autism Support Program (DASP)
The Drexel Autism Support Program (DASP) values neurodiversity and the benefits that diversity contributes to the Drexel community and greater society. With personalized peer mentoring and coaching, social events, skill building and more, DASP participants are supported to take full advantage of University life, develop academic and social skills for pursuing career opportunities and ultimately lead an enriched life. For more information, please visit www.drexel.edu/studentlife/dasp or email Dr. Amy Edwards, Director of the Drexel Autism Support Program at email@example.com.
Eastern University – Saint Davids, PA
College Success Program (CSP)
Eastern University is a small, welcoming, liberal arts university, with a beautifully green campus, in the suburbs of Philadelphia.The College Success Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSP) is a comprehensive program providing academic, social, life skills, and cultural supports to undergraduate students on the autism spectrum. Services include supervised study sessions, peer mentoring, group and individual skills training, social programming, residence life support (with mentors living in the residence halls), and liaison support with faculty, staff, and departments. Fee for services. Contact Dr. Sharon Thompson at 484-654-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinboro University – Edinboro, PA
Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS) Program
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.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana, PA
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.
Kutztown University – Kutztown, PA
The My Place program provides structured support services to Kutztown University students on the autism spectrum and assists students with adjustment to college life and integration into the college community. Services include weekly coaching sessions, study halls, and other group activities. This is a fee for service program. Please visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/myplace for application and program details.
Mercyhurst University – Erie, PA
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 email@example.com for more information.
Slippery Rock University – Slippery Rock, PA
The ATLAS Program provides Slippery Rock University students with autism spectrum diagnosis a wide variety of support, resources and events to ensure a successful transition into, through and out of their college experience.
St. Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, PA
Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
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.
West Chester University – West Chester, PA
Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP)
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.
York College of Pennsylvania – York, PA
Autism Peer Mentoring Program
The primary objectives of the Autism Peer Mentoring Program are to facilitate a smooth transition to college, to promote independence, confidence and self-advocacy and to create a positive social support network. Peer mentors and mentees have weekly one hour, one-on-one meetings, and mentors are available between meetings by text, email, Zoom or phone. The mentor and mentee set goals and determine their own activity each week which may include sharing a meal, attending a campus activity, or working on academic skills such as time management or studying. Monthly group activities such as bowling and campfires are also planned during each semester. Mentors also meet bi-monthly as a group with members of the SAS team for ongoing training and guidance in their relationship with their mentee.
University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI
S.T.A.R.T URI is a yearlong transition Program for Autistic students designed to create college community, promote academic achievement, and advance retention by offering intentional and structured support.
S.T.A.R.T URI is a multifaceted program designed to meet individual student’s needs while they navigate the transition from secondary support services to college-level support services. During the initial three-day summer program, expert faculty provide explicit instruction on maximizing metacognition, social communication competencies, and self-care in the college living and learning community. The Fall and Spring semesters include frequent meetings, structured study hours, internships, and guided social groups. S.T.A.R.T URI students do more than survive their time at URI – they thrive!
Clemson University – Clemson, SC
The Spectrum Program provides individualized services beyond standard accommodations for students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Spectrum Program is committed to helping students build connections through their college experience that will assist them in achieving academic, social, and career and professional development success.
The first year will primarily focus on the transition from high school to college. The Spectrum Program will also provide a scaffolded-approach for professional development skills including: volunteer work, internships, on-campus employment, co-ops, off-campus employment, and/or other opportunities preparing students for ease of transition into careers after college.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dakota State University – Madison, SD
The Dakota State University Strong Program is an Autism Spectrum (ASD) support program started to help our students on the spectrum be successful. Individual meetings are held to develop skills necessary for social interactions with peers, professors, and staff to ease stress and anxiety related to the college atmosphere. Effective learning and life strategies are explored through workshops, interactive games, team building exercises, peer mentor support, and presentations.
Austin Peay State University – Clarksville, TN
A pilot program providing peer mentors , life coaches and additional supports. Contact Emmanuel Mejeun at 931.221.7543 or email@example.com.
The Full Spectrum Learning (FSL) program, based in the Eriksson College of Education, helps students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) earn a college degree, transition into the workforce, and lead a successful life. The program is tailored to the needs of these individuals, offering class cohorts with other ASD students, peer and faculty mentors, tutors, study hours, and support meetings with the director.
The program cost $3500 each semester. Financial aid is available to cover the full cost of FSL.
Christian Brothers University – Memphis, TN
STARS (Students Tackling Autism Related Syndromes)provides both academic and career support for student on the autism spectrum.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Chattanooga, TN
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 Tech University – Lubbock, TX
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A one-page info sheet plus brochure is available as a PDF download.
University of North Texas – Denton, TX
ENGAGE serves neurodivergent students enrolled at UNT with reaching their academic and vocational goals through person-centered planning and individualized services. Students participate in assessment and planning meetings to identify personal, academic, and vocational goals. ENGAGE staff support and guide students to reach those goals through weekly meetings, workshops, and referrals.
Contact information: email@example.com or 940-565-4203
Cost: UNT ENGAGE participants must be accepted into the university and obtain a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor through Texas Workforce Commission. There are no additional costs for ENGAGE services.
University of Houston-Clear Lake – Houston, TX
Connecting to College (CtC) program
The Connecting to College (CtC) program provides additional support for UHCL students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related needs to facilitate students’ retention and success at the university. The program is part of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and partners with the Student Success Center, Disability Services, Counseling Services, and Career Services to provide a team-based approach to supporting CtC students.
Bridgewater College – Bridgewater, VA
BASE Program (Bridgewater Academic and Social Experience Program)
The BASE program is a student-centered program, offered to Bridgewater College students who are on the autism spectrum or who feel that they may benefit from the support provided. The program fosters and encourages independence for students with autism spectrum disorder. Through a variety of supports, students in the BASE program will learn to apply the skills, strategies, and self-advocacy needed to navigate the academic, social, and critical thinking demands of college. The BASE program is designed to provide the highest level of support when a student first comes to Bridgewater and gradually evolves over time to promote independence, based on each student’s needs and progress.
George Mason University – Fairfax, VA
Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 993-2474.
Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA
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 email@example.com for more information.
Bellevue College – Bellevue, WA
Autism Spectrum Navigators
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.
Seattle Central College – Seattle, WA
SAILS (Supported Academics and Independent Living Services)
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
Marshall University – Huntington, WV
West Virginia Autism Training Center (WV ATC)
The West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University (WV-ATC) provides training, information and support to West Virginians with autism, their families, educators, and other persons.
Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI
On Your Marq
On Your Marq is a college success program designed to assist students on the autism spectrum in navigating the college landscape at Marquette University. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, formal and informal supports include weekly seminars, one-on-one coaching, and peer mentors to aid students in developing academic, social, and independent living skills. The first two years of the program focus on the student’s transition to the rigors of academia. In the second two years of the program, On Your Marq works with students to identify strengths and skills to transfer to their career and life after college.
The cost of this program is $3,000 per semester.
We welcome all questions and inquires. For more information about On Your Marq, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414.228.0212.
St. Norbert College – De Pere, WI
SNC ASD Support Program
Counselors provide campus-wide training and education for faculty, staff and students in addition to conducting an ongoing ASD support program, focusing on the development of social skills, self-advocacy, emotional regulation and executive functioning. Students in the SNC ASD Support Program meet twice each week with a Peer Mentor and about once per month have the opportunity to participate in a social event organized by the Peer Mentor. In addition, students are connected with the office of Career and Professional Development to address career-readiness skills.
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