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College. The word conjures up so many images and experiences. For students in their freshmen year, those experiences are likely to include adjusting to independence, exciting opportunities to grow, and keeping up with a rigorous academic schedule. These resources help students with autism know what to expect and how to adapt to college life and academics:

  • OAR’s Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Self-Advocates(2018) helps students with autism become familiar with campus life and school. Written by autism experts, professors, and self-advocates, the guide covers a range of topics such as transitioning, disclosure, academic supports, routine maintenance, social life, campus safety, internships, and much more. Staff at college autism support programs are encouraged to distribute the guide and use it as a supplemental resource throughout the academic year.
  • Developed by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Navigating College(2013) was written solely by autistic adults for autistic college students. The handbook offers first-hand accounts of people’s experiences with disclosure, sensory regulation, independent living, advocacy, and much more. It is available in paperback and as a PDF.
  • The ThinkCollegewebsite provides students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and other disabilities and their families with hundreds of resources, including transition, applying to college, and paying for it.
For Professors, Teaching Assistants, and College Administrators

Students seeking academic supports and accommodations can share this 15-minute video, Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide, with faculty and administrators. Created in 2008, it provides a brief overview about what it means for students to have autism and how professors and administrators can implement reasonable accommodations to help students succeed in the classroom and elsewhere on campus. With support from the Schwallie Family Foundation, OAR produced this video in cooperation with the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Project (GRASP) and Pace University in New York City.