The College Autism Network is a nonprofit organization linking varied stakeholders engaged in evidence-guided efforts to improve access, experiences, and outcomes for postsecondary students with autism.

College Autism Programs

Institutional Initiatives - Updated October 2020

The USA’s Autism-Specific College Support Programs


2020 College Autism Summit

October 27 – October 30, 2020 (Virtual)

The College Autism Summit brings together scholars, practitioners, administrators, employers, self-advocates and their family members to discuss evidence-driven strategies that help support college students with autism and related learning differences. Transition to college, experience while in college, and transition to employment and independent living are all areas of focus.

Quick Links to Key Resources

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Fast Facts

1-page summaries of key points from emerging research.
(Updated October, 2020)


Types of Support Available

There are numerous supports available for college students on the spectrum.

Case Studies

Tools to support the professional development of individuals who may encounter college students with autism.

College experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

First research article in top-tier higher education journal to ever mention autism.

What We Do

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We empower college students with autism by amplifying their voices within the academic community and by providing free access to materials designed to facilitate their successful transition into, through, and out of college.



We facilitate research that uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college access, experiences, and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.



We conduct professional development workshops and distribute training materials to administrators, researchers, students, parents, and instructors.