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!
Advocates for autistic college students, including Editorial Board Members Sara Sanders Gardner and Theresa Revans-McMenimon, share tips for professors.
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.
Anxiety can be especially overwhelming and negatively impact the school experience. Luckily, there are many strategies you can use to reduce your anxiety and make you feel more confident and positive. Remember: you are not alone!
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.
Accommodations. Supports. Privacy Laws. These and other considerations can help autistic students decide whether to disclose their diagnosis in college.