Be aware of unconscious bias in interviews, plan for it, and be prepared to disarm it if necessary. For example: if you find eye contact challenging, acknowledge it and then communicate that you are glad to be there and are engaged in the discussion.
Interview. Availability for college students is important as well. Do therapists have office hours that coincide with their class schedule? What is their availability in between appointments if a need arises?
Video interview. If transitioning to college becomes part of your everyday conversation, it becomes much easier for students to adapt.
When we talk about folding autistic and differently-abled students into community colleges and STEM careers, what we’re really talking about is best practices for everyone. It follows that when our most disadvantaged students’ needs are met, we are leveling the playing field for all, with or without a “documented need.” Thank you for believing in students like me.
Set aside time for your passions, for your special interests and the things that give you immense joy.
Organizational whiz Katie Matthews shares techniques to help autistic students optimize their studying to earn good grades on exams and major papers
How can you get a clear sense of the quality of a Disabilities Office and the kinds of support their staff and programs provide? College transition expert Susan Woods shares some tips.
College transition expert Susan Woods explains how professors can collaborate with autistic students and the Disabilities Office to support academic success
Justin Robbins’s blog about living with a roommate in college and being autistic has tons of great advice and perspective–bring on that roommate survey!
Hate the word “organization”? This post might change your mind!