Direct Support Providers
Note: You may find this guest post on the whole idea of support providers – why, when, how – helpful. The post is from the perspective of one such provider, but I’d welcome feedback about students/parents’ experience.
AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) is a private, community organization that provides support for students in higher education with ASD’s and other learning disabilities. “AHEADD is specifically designed to address students’ inherent social, communication, and organizational
issues, and helps students develop individualized strategies to manage their college careers independently.” The organization provides on-the-ground services in number of metropolitan areas as well as virtual support for students outside those areas. NEW
Asperger Center for Education and Training‘s mission is “to present evidence-based, practical, current information about Asperger Syndrome and related conditions and appropriate treatments and to develop and provide innovative services to the community of children and adults with Asperger Syndrome and their families.” The center also provides trained coaches for students attending colleges in the New York City area.
College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is “an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. We help students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process. In addition, we provide campuses and professionals with the tools and training to work effectively with students on the spectrum and to understand the challenges as well as the talents they bring.”
College Internship Program “provides individualized social, academic, career and life skills instruction for students with Asperger’s, Nonverbal, PDD-NOS, ADHD and other Learning Differences. Students obtain the skills necessary to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which they can build a happy and productive life.” There are six CIP locations; each serve students at a number of area schools. Students should be aware that since CIP programs serve multiple student populations, the program is not tailored solely for students with ASD’s.
The Watson Institute (near Pittsburgh) offers two relevant support programs. The Postsecondary Readiness Evaluation & Planning (PREP) program “assesses readiness to attend college, identifies areas where remediation may be necessary, and provides recommendations regarding services and strategies for maximizing chances for success in college. PREP provides the documentation necessary for accessing support services in college. Moreover, PREP will highlight strengths and weaknesses, offering directions for making full use of the student’s capabilities and strategies for compensating for identified deficits. PREP examines risk factors that could compromise the student’s ability to progress through college, making relevant recommendations to address any potential issues.” The College Autism/Asperger Matriculate Program for Undergraduate Students (CAMPUS) “is designed to provide ongoing support during the academic year to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder who have been admitted to college. CAMPUS is intended for individuals with the academic skills necessary for success in a college program but who have social, behavioral, and organization skill deficits which compromise their ability to function in college.” NEW