(Guide developed a team led by the Rochester Institution of Technology)

ABSTRACT: Currently, only a limited number of colleges across the nation offer specialized supports that address the needs of the increasing number of college students on the autism spectrum pursuing postsecondary degrees. However, the 1 in 125 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1996 are starting to arrive at college campuses, and more recent numbers indicate the diagnosis rate has risen to 1 in 68, over half of whom will have average or above average intellectual ability and be college-bound (CDC, 2014). These dramatically increasing numbers within higher education will change the nature of how we support students, yet there is a lack of information available concerning effective support models. To address the scarcity of information, this guide incorporates the ideas and successful practices of higher education professionals at postsecondary institutions who have worked with their universities to establish effective supports for students with ASD. It is the goal of this collaborative effort to facilitate the development of postsecondary initiatives to ensure that students with ASD will find support in campus communities nationwide. This guide will provide higher education professionals with a systematic and practical resource to guide them in the development of a university specific support model for students with ASD.

Guide Contributors
Laurie Ackles, Director, Spectrum Support Program, Rochester Institute of Technology
Marty Boman, Director, Kelly Autism Program, Western Kentucky University
Jane Thierfeld Brown, Co-founder, College Autism Spectrum
Douglas Cornman, Coordinator, College Success Program, Eastern University
Pamela Lubbers, Program Coordinator, College Support Program, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Brad McGarry, Director, Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst, Mercyhurst University
Michelle Rigler, Director, The Mosaic Program, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Other Contributors
Nicole Boulais, Rochester Institute of Technology
Joshua Bauroth, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lorna Busch, Rochester Institute of Technology
Vannee Cao-Nguyen, Director, Student Disability Resource Center, University of West Florida

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