A Guide to the School Profiles

A few notes on school profiles:

  • If you want to quickly find all the schools that have a program that targets students with ASD’s, click on “ASD programs” in the tag cloud to the left.
  • Because this site is run on a blog platform (thank you, WordPress!), listings appear in reverse chronological order, not alphabetical. Sorry. (Once I have all the planned college profiles in, I will be building an A-Z link list, probably around 2/14/12 – stay tuned).
  • Schools that are not yet linked have not yet had a profile post set up. Check back soon. Or better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed on the front page, since that’s where I post notice of changes. If you’re not sure how to do that, check out this YouTube tutorial.
  • Colleges think about ASD’s in ways that are not consistent (to say the least!): they may consider them “developmental disabilities,” “cognitive disabilities,” “psychiatric disabilities,” “learning disabilities,” etc., and in many cases they don’t mention them at all. This makes it very difficult to figure out if services offered are appropriate for students with ASD’s. On this site, if there is a description of a program or service in the profile, then it appears to be appropriate. If it is tagged “ASD Program,” that means that it is explicitly designed especially for students with ASD’s (possibly other students as well, but with at least some focus on ASD’s).
  • Almost every college and university has tutoring services and counseling services. The profiles on this site are more specific – is there a more intensive program that offers support to students? Thus, if the notes after the profile say “no” for tutoring or counseling, it does not mean they do not exist – they almost certainly do – but they are probably just offered through another office of the school, and you’ll need to hunt a bit for them.
  • Counseling, in the context of these profiles, means “personal counseling” on psychological/emotional/relational concerns, not advising on curricula or careers.
  • If a school profile indicates that there is not a program available, it may still be possible to get support outside the college system. Check the Direct Support Providers listings for some professional support options. There are group programs in some cities; individual counselors who work with students, and even some virtual support providers.
  • An important clarification on terminology: accommodations and (often) programming are available through the disability services office. Of course, many students on the spectrum do not consider themselves disabled – thus the front page of this site uses the phrase “differently-brained.” I’m not going to wade into this particular pool of piranhas – but for the sake of simplicity, will use the phrase disability when referring to what might be offered through the disability services office.

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