Supports for College Students on the Autism Spectrum

There are numerous supports available for college students on the spectrum. It can be confusing and overwhelming to decide what is right for you or your student.

We created these resources after research into various college support programs to help guide you through the process of finding a college that is the best fit for your situation.

We broke down these resources into four categories to best fit your needs!

There are several supports which address topics in many domains. These supports address many aspects of life including social, functional independence, campus life, academics, and executive functioning.

  • Parent meetings
  • Peer mentoring
  • Seminar courses
  • Appointment trackers
  • Emergency representative
  • Specialized campus tour
  • Weekly program meetings
  • Skills training classes

These supports are designed to aid students with course work and other academic concerns both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Classroom accommodations
  • Academic coaching
  • Goal development
  • Assistive technology
  • Classroom etiquette training
  • Faculty mentors
  • Learning strategizing
  • Specialized advising
  • Study groups and tables
  • Tutoring

These supports are designed to help students make connections on campus and to their peers.

  • Classroom etiquette training
  • Meal gatherings
  • Program events and outings
  • Student organizations
  • Social skills support group

These supports are designed to transition students into employment by helping them find the right path, and giving them the skills to secure a job.

  • Career center help
  • Career fairs
  • Coaching
  • Faculty mentors

These supports are designed to help students maintain physical, emotional, and mental wellness, and ensure they are comfortable in their environment.

  • Counseling
  • Physical fitness program
  • Housing accommodations
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Trained residence hall staff

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The College Autism Network (CAN) is a nonprofit organization run almost entirely by dedicated professionals and students who volunteer their time, resources, and expertise to support college success for students with autism.

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