Parent Perspective: Autism and Community College Dual Enrollment

Autism and community college dual enrollment. In this interview series, Maureen Perkins talks to STS about supporting her son’s transition to college. Perkins and her son used their understanding of his autism to create and follow a college transition plan that allowed him to thrive. One way they achieved this was by taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities. These opportunities allowed Perkins’s son to gradually transition to college. Therefore, he didn’t have to make several significant changes all at once. 

Questions for Maureen? Let us know in the comments. For tips on how HS support teams can address some of the challenges of autism through alternative grading systems, check out this video by parent Thaddeus Campbell.

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Contributor Maureen Perkins is a 48-year-old mother of five. In 1995 her son Daniel was born and at the age of eighteen months, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With this shift in every day life, Maureen and her husband decided in 1995 that she should quit her job at the state auditor’s office to be Daniel’s full-time aid and advocate. Through a great deal of research, travel, and legal battles, she was able to give Daniel the tools to graduate with honors and begin a career in his chosen field.

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