Tips & Skills

General Advice

(for specific topics, see below):

Academic Support – a “best of the best” collection of college links on study skills, from Wheaton College.

Learning Strategies for Students with Disabilities – from Gettysburg College, this is a great resource for students at any college for tackling courses, tests, etc.

Study Hacks – don’t go looking to this for a “quick fix” to an issue you’re facing, but if you’re trying to establish habits that will lead to success, this is a great resource. The author went to MIT, and thinks about things in a very structured (some would say regimented) way – possibly just the ticket for some spectrum-y students. NEW

Academic Supports for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview – aimed at faculty, very comprehensive

Towards Success in Tertiary Study Asperger’s Syndrome – once you get past the Australian lingo, a really good collection of advice for students with ASD’s. Focuses on both technical needs and issues like anxiety.

Going Through College With Asperger’s Syndrome – a straightforward collection of advice from an adult who is both on the spectrum herself and a college instructor.

Book: Developing College Skills in Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Sarita Freeman)

Book: Top Tips for Asperger Students: How to Get the Most Out of University and College (Rosemary Martin)

Book: Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide(John Harpur et al)

Book: Navigating College (Autistic Self-Advocacy Network) – by students with ASD’s; available as a download or in print.

Anxiety & Stress

How to Ease Anxiety in a Person with Autism/ASD – geared at helping children, but has an anecdote about a college students, and most of the ideas are adaptable.

Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management(Nick Dubin)


Dating with Asperger: Decoding Girlworld – most of it’s applicable to decoding guyworld as well.


Adults with ASD: Deciding When to Disclose – the question of whether or not to disclose ASD once at college is addressed in this article.

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide: Share this video with your professors to help them understand how you see the world and how they can help you be successful.


Paperwork…A Guide to Getting Your Documentation in Order: exclusively on SpectrumU, a step-by-step guide to dealing with the details of getting accommodations in college. NEW


How to study for/take exams – a collection of advice from other students. NEW

Friends/Social Skills

Book: Socially Curious, Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens & Young Adults (Winner & Crooke) – manga-style guide to social skills.

Money Issues

From Disabled World, a list of scholarships for students with disabilities.


Slides from a presentation at the 2012 Georgia “Across the Spectrum” conference – great tips from CIP on improving executive function. NEW


A very helpful article from San Jose State University on building a good relationship with faculty. NEW

Recreation/Extra-curricular activities

Making Choices: Exploring Campus Recreational & Social Activities – from the Indiana Resource Center on Autism NEW


Book: My Roommate Is Driving Me Crazy! Surviving a College Roommate Who Is Driving You Up the Dorm Wall(Fee) – student-friendly and practical advice. NEW

Studying Abroad

Make It Happen – a documentary from Pitt about how they’ve made their study abroad program inclusive

Asperger and International Exchange – good food for thought in thinking about study abroad

Access Abroad – guide from the University of Minnesota on studying abroad for students with disabilities, but relevant to students with ASD’s at other schools as well. NEW


If you’ve got a research paper or essay to tackle (or just need some general help writing), this Australian site from the University of Wollongong is well-organized and practical – it even has some “quizzes.” NEW


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