Articles, Books & More

About ASD’s

ERIC – an enormous database of scholarly publications related to education. If you’re interested in what’s happening in ASD research, this should more than whet your appetite. NEW

Autism, Asperger’s & Theory of Mind: A Literature Review – a quite readable review of current thinking about “ToM” and how Asperger’s may or may not fit this model.

An Awkward Childhood – children with ASD’s are often called “little professors.” Here’s one who grew up to be a “big professor” and has written a book about it.

Autism Blogs Directory – soup to nuts, including the controversial

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) “was created in December 2001–the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.”

About College Planning

If you don’t have to have a book in your hands, get on over to College Confidential – while it’s a resource that is in the “connect” section since it’s a set of forums, you’ll also learn almost everything you need to know about getting into college. Just stay away from the often-cutthroat “chance me” threads.

If you do need paper, here are four books that are the “best of the best”:

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 – this is THE college list book. Student opinions, descriptions, and more.

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College– straightforward, with a focus on “fit” – not getting into the Ivy Leagues.

Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College– an “exposé” of the world of college admissions, from the vantage point of one father and his son.

Paying for College Without Going Broke, 2011 Edition (College Admissions Guides)– the 2011 edition is the “preferred” one, as it includes some important information about how the colleges figure out what you should pay (that detail has been removed from the 2012 edition).

About College Planning with ASD’s

Three Major Pitfalls that Compromise College Success – a video with the folks behind MindMatters, which works with students on the spectrum (among others) to ensure success. NEW

The Stress of the University Experience for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome – not particularly current, and “research”y, but full of information. NEW

Autism After 16 – a site all about transition issues, including a section on postsecondary options. NEW

Going to College – a guide to college planning for students with a range of disabilities NEW

12 Go-To Sites for Teens with Disabilities – not specific to students with ASD’s (mostly), but these are chock-full of information. NEW

This video features a conversation between three college students with ASD’s with the director of Marshall University’s support program.

Preparing for College: Tips for Students with HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome – especially useful: the section on planning ahead for responding to “daily life” challenges.

Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and Academic Programs for High-Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview – appears to be somewhat dated in its list of programs, but has good background information.

College Planning for Students on the Autism Spectrum: Pretending to be Nerdy Where Nerdy is Cool – an article with advice from a USC professor (who is on the spectrum himself)

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Choosing College Courses – written from the perspective of a parent helping a child make a successful transition to college.

College Experience for Students with Asperger Syndrome – a comprehensive look at some of the issues that face students in making the transition

Transition Tool Kit (Autism Speaks) – a free download, the kit includes a chapter on post-secondary education options.

A Self-Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome(Bliss & Edmonds) – limited reviews available, but purportedly deals with college, work and life.

The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Lorraine Wolf et al)

Realizing the College Dream With Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Student Success (Ann Palmer)

Supporting College-Bound Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: video from a presentation at Lynn University. This is only one of a number of videos covering transition issues for students with learning differences.

Transition to College for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: an online training “course” for students to plan their path to college.


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