April is autism awareness month! Although colleges and universities are adapting more and more to incorporate resources and support programs for neurodiverse students, they still have a long way to go. The university admissions process in particular can weed out extremely gifted neurodiverse students, who would otherwise thrive at their university, just because their rigid process caters to more neuro-normative individuals.
Neurodiverse students, be aware of the proactive steps you can take to ensure an equitable chance for college admissions. Need some advice in this area? Give us a call. LAUNCH has advised many students with neurodiversity, and stands ready to advocate for students during the admissions process and beyond.
Resources for Autistic Students
Here are some of our favorite resources when searching for schools that have extensive support for neurodiverse students:
A list of 25 schools with excellent resources to support students on the autism spectrum. The methodology is based on programs that show:
Affordability of the autism program for students (not including general tuition fees)
Evidence of innovative practices
Evidence of success and commitment to future improvement.
A list of 30 schools top ranked for their programs based on:
Overall autism friendliness
Scholarships and financial support
The "IT" factor
OAR (Organization for Autism Research) offers resources for parents and students. This link provides a great list of resources to "help students with autism know what to expect and how to adapt to college life and academics."
A book "written by autistic adults for autistic college students exploring the various aspects of the higher education experience." The authors believe that autism should not close any doors for you, and this book will help navigate life in the next phase od life: college!
Includes topics surrounding life in and out of the classroom, resources, and life after college.
College Steps is a "nonprofit that provides customized, college support for students with learning and social challenges such as learning disabilities, autism, and executive functioning deficits. College Steps supports students to achieve success in post-secondary education, work, and life."
6. Career Next
CareerNext is a "unique college support program designed specifically to help students with autism and learning differences. CareerNext students are enrolled at SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Schenectady or Hudson Valley Community College, and take credited courses toward the goal of earning a Certificate, Associate or Bachelor’s degree of their choosing.
And now through CareerNext CHOICE, full virtual support at any college or university in the U.S."
"College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. We specialize in COLLEGE COUNSELING (helping students find the right college) and WORK/CAREER READINESS (skill building for interviews, jobs and work skills)."
What resources would you add?