Autism Spectrum Disorder Being Responded to on College Campuses

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There have always been college students with ASD who slip by unnoticed as they struggle silently to get their college degree. In recent studies, it has been found that students with ASD who have attended a community college before entering a four year college are much more successful in graduating than those with ASD who attend a four year college right after high school.

For those autistic students that do attend a four year college or university, programs are being developed and implemented in their school systems that help students with learning disabilities. There are tutoring centers offered on campuses, social skill workshops, and anxiety reduction classes. Even though these programs are offered to help those that have a learning disability like autism, these services usually cost money in addition to the school’s tuition.

One example of a school that offers this type of program is Rutgers University. The program at Rutgers aims to allow students with autism to attend classes and become involved in the school just like any other student. They want the students to feel like they are no different than anyone else, allow them to take any classes they wish, and let them to live in whichever dorms they want. The program at Rutgers is called CPS, or College Support Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum. This program costs $3,000 on top of base tuition.

Unlike Rutgers, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has a very different approach to helping those that have autism spectrum disorder. Their program costs $8,000 on top of tuition for the University and gives the student a more personalized plan for while they are attending school. This includes two hour a day study hall that is monitored (five days a week), ten hours of peer monitoring per week, and psychoeducational group meetings that also allow the student to have someone to call on anytime that they may need support. Nova Southeastern University also helps these students with obtaining volunteer and job experience before they graduate.

All of the programs that colleges offer are different and unique to their own school; whichever program best fits your child’s needs is an important factor deciding which school your child should attend. Autism has increased to 1 in 68  in the U.S. and we are finding ways to help these children lead lives that are as normal as possible. Implementing these programs into colleges is greatly helping these young adults. The amount of students attending college with ASD is increasing and it is important to know which programs can help these kids and for people attending college to understand the needs of these individuals.

Submitted by Amanda Meade, Queens University of Charlotte

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