This section of the College Autism Network website presents three distinct sets of advocacy-related resources.


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Fast Fact #11: Narratives of the University Experience from Students with ASD and ADHD

Fast Fact #11 Narratives of the University Experience from Students with ASD or ADHD Some students felt it was constructive to disclose their diagnosis to professors. Other students described negative reactions to disclosure.    This material is based, in part,...
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[Event] INSAR 2019

The 2019 INSAR conference included several posters about postsecondary education and a Special Interest Group on the topic led by Brad Cox, Brett Nachman, and Jiedi Lei.

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Fast Fact #10 College Success Means More than Just Grades

Fast Fact #10 College Success Means More than Just Grades Researchers asked students “how do you define success as a college student?” Their answers suggest students seek accomplishment both inside and outside the classroom.   Source: Accardo, A. L. (2017)....
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Fast Fact #9 Mentoring can be more than academic.

Typical accommodations for students with autism in higher education focus on academic issues. But students with autism might also benefit from mentors focused on social and emotional needs. Such guidance would be especially important for students just beginning their college experience.

Fast Fact #8 Why don’t accommodations always work?

Formal accommodations may not adequately support students’ academic needs. One reason for this deficiency is that student accommodations are not always fulfilled by teachers, which can be very challenging for students.

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Members of the CAN team occasionally outline emerging findings, explore creative ideas, present opportunities for involvement, or reflect on the implications of our work. These musings are categorized as “blog posts” on this website.



Whenever we see interesting stories presented in popular media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV), we will share them via items categorized as “news” on this website


Institutional Initiatives

There are numerous supports out there for college students on the spectrum. It can be confusing to decide what is right for you and what programs fit your needs. Through research into autism support programs at higher education institutions in the US, we have compiled this list to inform students, parents, and educators about what is available to help students find the program that best fits their needs.

Quick Links: Key organizations, services, and resources for students and advocates

College Autism Spectrum: independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families.

Wrong Planet: web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership training for Autistic self-advocates