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The University of Maine is home to a unique program called the Onward Program, which, while not specific to students with ASD’s, offers a variety of supports to students, including counseling and academic assistance. From the Onward website:

Onward is a program that helps people obtain a four-year degree at the University of Maine. Onward students often lack the academic credentials required to be accepted to the University in the traditional manner, or may simply need extra help. Through our unique support system, we prepare these students for success in college and beyond. While there is no such thing as a “typical” Onward student, some of our students are:

  • blue collar workers who have been laid off or who are looking for a better career
  • single parents who want to be better providers for their children
  • people who did not complete high school due to family or personal reasons, but who have achieved their GED
  • people who are the first in their family to attend college
  • people with disabilities

Students accepted into the Onward Program attend the University of Maine, and generally spend most of their first year taking courses to prepare them for college level classes. Upon completion of these classes, Onward students do not need to reapply to the University. They simply begin to take courses toward their intended degree.

School-sponsored program: Yes

Mentoring: Peer Advisors

Counseling: Yes

Social Skills Instruction/Coaching: No

Academic Support: Yes

Application Required: Yes

Extra Fee: Unclear

If you have additional information about services provided to students with ASD at this school, click here. If you want to share your experience with those services, do that by leaving a comment below.

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