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.

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Autism-Specific College Support Programs

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.

How These Programs Were Chosen

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
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.

Preparing for College: This excellent resource was written by autistic college students and offers useful information for any neurodivergent or autistic college student.