Accommodations, Strategies for Students with ASD’s

This is a “laundry list” of services, supports, school features that might be appropriate for a student with ASD’s. You can find a worksheet of these here to work through on your own or with a disability services office. I can’t imagine any student needs all of them. If you have something to add to the list, please leave a comment!


  • note-taking services
  • tutoring
  • extended time on tests
  • separate room for tests
  • computer for tests
  • scribe for tests
  • preferential seating in class (eg, in front, away from others)
  • no (or modified) group projects
  • coaching for discussion sections
  • open curriculum (no or limited distribution requirements)
  • organizational coaching
  • smartphone/tablet with apps for calendar, to-do lists, reminders, etc.
  • option for online courses
  • reduced course load
  • software to assist with writing (organizational, citations)
  • written course syllabi with due dates, etc.
  • disclosure letter for professors
  • pass/fail options


  • single room (either single in a traditional hall or single within a suite)
  • residential program for students with ASD’s
  • roommate with ASD
  • quiet(er) dorm – study floor, substance-free dorm, etc.
  • residential advisor who knows of ASD and is trained/prepared to be supportive
  • mentor for social outings
  • social skills workshops
  • support group
  • co-op programs (study alternated with work placements)
  • mock interviews
  • clubs in students’ interest area(s)


  • anxiety and/or depression counseling
  • medication management
  • safe outside spaces to “get away”
  • safe indoor spaces to “get away”
  • software to lock out computer/Internet access (sleep management)
  • specific food options
  • permission to take food out of the dining hall to eat elsewhere

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