Exploring Skills Needed for Success After High School
September 26, 2022
By: Organization for Autism Research
This webinar was presented on, Tuesday, September 20, 2022, by Carmen Izurieta, M.Ed.
Webinar Description: What is the difference between college-capable and college ready? For families of autistic young adults, it often boils down to executive function skills, independent living skills, and social skills. In order to be successful in college, students need to prioritize and manage their assignments, maintain their living space, and interact appropriately with professors and peers—all without the level of support they received in high school. This webinar will explore how to prepare and integrate executive functioning, social, and self-advocacy skills into transition planning.
College Living Experience (CLE) provides support to young adults, ages 18 to 26, who are interested in living independently, taking college classes, or pursuing a career. There are seven centers nationwide, with one in nearby Rockville, Md. Students live in apartments with support from CLE staff, including a resident advisor on site. Sessions in the apartment help residents master skills such as weekly chores, meal planning, cooking, and managing a budget to pay bills. Students can take classes at a nearby college and receive daily academic and executive function support from tutors at the CLE Center. They can also choose a career path, receiving support in pre-employment skills, help with a job search, and job coaching once employed. CLE has an active social component with group outings several times per week, weekly small group sessions, and one-to-one social coaching. Call the CLE admissions line at 800-486-5058 or visit the CLE website.
Carmen Izurieta, M.Ed. serves as the National Director of Outreach for College Living Experience, a national post-secondary program for students with exceptionalities. Throughout her career, she has pursued her mission to help and empower students to find their true potential. She currently holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations. In her current role, she has married both professional backgrounds in hopes of making a long-lasting and positive impact in the education community.