University options for students with autism

University options for students with autism

Many parents begin planning their child’s future soon after their children are born.  They may envision what their kids will be when they grow up, or what university they will attend.  However, parents with children on the Autism Spectrum seem to have fewer choices for their children who are leaving high school.  There are not many institutions of higher education prepared to take on the needs of these students, so where exactly does that leave these students?  Will they have to remain at home with their parents?  If these high school graduates dream of going to college, will these dreams go unfulfilled?

Depending on the severity of their disorder some students may still be able to attend college.  Schools like Rutgers University, in New Jersey, Pace University, in New York, and the University of Connecticut offer programs to help make the transition for high functioning students with autism into college.  Those desiring to attend both, Rutgers University or Pace University must still meet the regular admissions requirements set up by the school.  The University of Connecticut, on the other hand has a separate admissions process for students interested in being a part of the Strategic Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (SEAD).

Unfortunately, most of these programs come at an additional cost to the student in addition to the school’s regular tuition.  However, some parents may feel that fee associated with the cost of these programs is worth paying because it assures them that the children will receive the necessary support and services required for them to become high functioning, independent adults.  Hopefully, other universities will eventually create programs supporting students in the autism spectrum, but until then you can find information about the aforementioned schools, as well as a detailed list of all the services they provide on their websites.

http://dddc.rutgers.edu/college-support.html#12

http://www.csd.uconn.edu/sead_program.html

http://www.pace.edu/school-of-education/centers/center-for-teaching-and-research-in-autism-1/the-oasis-program-formerly-the-boss-program/