Preparing for College Life
July 31, 2023
Everyone deserves a fulfilling college experience, including autistic students. Going to college can be an exciting opportunity to discover new interests, live independently, and develop self-advocacy skills.
OAR created Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum to help autistic students become better prepared for college life and academics. This guidebook offers practical advice from experts, powerful narratives from self-advocates, and many resource tools.
The guide answers frequently asked questions, such as:
OAR provides copies of the guidebook to support high schools, transition programs, and autism college support programs. Program coordinators are encouraged to use the guide to reinforce discussions and existing curricula, and students are encouraged to use it as a reference tool.
A companion microsite, College Central, provides up-to-date resources and information about existing support programs, scholarships, and more. The website includes quizzes that students can take, such as:
College Central is continually expanding and being updated. If you wish to contribute your personal story, academic strategies, or resources to the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “College Central Submission.”