Imagine Your Future

Autism, College Transitions, and Academic Success

Stairway to STEM and Tufts University present an exciting day of talks, panels, and campus experiences for autistic high school and college students, as well as families, educators, and support professionals. On campus and live stream registration available. In addition to STS and Tufts speakers and panelists, participants include students and educational professionals from:

Attendees will: 

  • learn about the college transition from keynote speaker Patrick Dwyer, an autistic self-advocate and STEM PhD student
  • gain understanding of the college landscape from Student Services and Disabilities Services experts
  • discover essential skills and hear from thriving autistic students on succeeding in college
  • have an opportunity to explore a college campus and experience a college dining hall

Join us on Facebook and check out our Facebook Event Page. Follow us on Twitter. Download the agenda: Imagine Your Future September 2020 Agenda

Lunch: on-campus attendees will receive a meal ticket for Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center located on Tufts University campus close to 102 Cohen Auditorium. For special dietary needs, Dewick offers the following meal stations:

  • “all 9 Free” (Allergen Free) no eggs, fish, gluten/wheat, milk, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, and tree nuts, including no coconut
  • salad bar
  • vegetarian
  • vegan

Attendees will eat in the cafeteria and be able to choose from Dewick’s extensive offerings. Specialty stations are clearly marked and Dewick posts daily dining menus three weeks in advance. See the daily and upcoming menus here. Menu items are subject to availability, but there will be options for the above diets. Attendees having additional needs can contact Jessica Murray at jmurray@stairwaytostem.org. However, people with more involved dietary needs may need to bring their own lunch or seek an off-campus option. The cost of registration is the same regardless of whether an attendee plans to dine in the dining hall.

When & Where:

Saturday September 26, 2020
10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (eastern)
102 Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155

102 Cohen Auditorium is inside the Aidekman Arts Center

The Aidekman Arts Center is located at Tufts University.

The main address for Tufts University is 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

A campus map is available here.

A parking permit is included in the registration.


By registering for the on campus or live stream event, you will automatically be added to Stairway to STEM’s newsletter, which comes out one or two times a month. Newsletter recipients can easily unsubscribe at any time.

STS and Tufts are pleased to offer a limited number of reduced and no cost registrations, including for the live stream. To find out more, email Jessica Murray at jmurray@stairwaytostem.org

Register here for on-campus attendance. You will also have an opportunity to request accommodations. This registration is to attend the event in person. There is a separate registration for the live stream, where you can sign up to watch a live video feed instead of joining on campus. 

Please let us know your accessibility needs. To arrange for some accommodations, please allow a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Our final panel will conclude at 2:45. After a 15 minute break, we will conduct optional campus tours. While we understand your answer may change, please let us know whether you are interested in attending a tour. This will help us plan for enough tour guides.
Price: $ 40.00
We accept both debit and credit card payments securely through PayPal. For other forms of payment please email info@stairwaytostem.org.

Register below for the live stream event. This means you want to view a live video of the event but will not be present on campus. STS will email you instructions and a link to the live stream the day prior to the event.

This Material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1737768. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.