Practice life-skills. Find a point-person on campus. Encourage your autistic student’s self-advocacy. Becker discusses these and other supports for students on the spectrum preparing to transition to college.
FERPA. IDEA. ADA. After reading this article, you’ll have a clearer understanding of these laws and what they mean for you and your autistic college student.
Taking campus tours, exploring student activities, and accepting a little anxiety. Things autistic students can do to make college transition, well, if not “a breeze,” a little less intimidating!
What academic, professional, and social skills are you hoping to develop? Is a four-year college, a two-year program, or technical certificate the right fit? Having clear and realistic goals will prepare you for the next steps.
Meeting with the Disabilities Services Office during your first week of college classes is just one important step for autistic students.
Be prepared to step back. This might be easier said than done, but treating your autistic student like an adult is key to their academic growth.