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What High School Students with Autism Need to Know About Transitioning to College

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

We've talked before about possibilities for young adults on the spectrum. Where is the best place for them to live? How to navigate relationships? What supports can be provided to help make their lives a bit easier? All of these questions are important and one avenue that is continuing to be addressed is the rise in universities geared for autistic learners.

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Opportunities are opening for people with autism, especially those that are high functioning. Often these individuals have the IQ to met and exceed in a college setting but lack independent living and/or social skills. The University of Alabama has a wonderful "check in" program that offers check ins from therapist, consolers and resident assistance multiple times a week.

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One of the fears I have as a parent is my child living on his own. I know, if he has the ability to do so, I will let him but there will always be that worry of "what if...". Mercyhurst University has a unique living program for people on the spectrum. Students in the program have the "the opportunity to live with a roommate in a two bedroom apartment where they have the space to self-regulate and also have to demonstrate skills by co-existing in shared living conditions" (Mercyhurst University).

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 There are many more universities that are building their assistive programs for people with autism. Having access to higher education will help the autism community achieve better jobs, maintain independent living, and provide them an equal footing that they deserve. Check out the long list of schools that have autism assistance programs here:

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