The following links are for websites and resources that ASPEN has found helpful in learning more about Asperger Syndrome and higher education.
Currently, only a limited number of colleges across the nation offer specialized supports that address the needs of the increasing number of college students on the autism spectrum pursuing postsecondary degrees. However, the 1 in 125 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1996 are starting to arrive at college campuses, and more recent numbers indicate the diagnosis rate has risen to 1 in 68, over half of whom will have average or above average intellectual ability and be collegebound (CDC, 2014). These dramatically increasing numbers within higher education will change the nature of how we support students, yet there is a lack of information available concerning effective support models. To address the scarcity of information, this guide incorporates the ideas and successful practices of higher education professionals at postsecondary institutions who have worked with their universities to establish effective supports for students with ASD. It is the goal of this collaborative effort to facilitate the development of postsecondary initiatives to ensure that students with ASD will find support in campus communities nationwide. This guide will provide higher education professionals with a systematic and practical resource to guide them in the development of a university specific support model for students with ASD.
Going to College
Going to College is a new website with information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for teens with disabilities and provides video clips, activities, information, and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. This website is not associated with ASPEN and is for educational purposes only.
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