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Number of Teens and Young Adults with Autism in College on the Rise

April 29, 2014

(April 29, 2014)  - A FOX outlet in Cleveland last week highlighted the growing number of teens and young adults with autism attending college. Kent University in Ohio has a program where students with autism can voluntarily register to make the school aware of their diagnosis. There are currently approximately 25 students in the program, up from just five people a few years ago. College employees feel there are likely many more who choose not to register.

Autism Awareness Day in College Basketball a Roaring Success

February 03, 2014

It may have been Super Bowl weekend but football wasn’t the only sport making headlines. On Saturday, February 1, the first ever Autism Awareness Day in College Basketball ruled the airwaves with more than 80 coaches and sportscasters donning the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece pin. Whether you were watching ESPN’s game day coverage or the Duke vs. Syracuse game on CBS, the little blue puzzle pieces were everywhere.

Autism Speaks Awards First-Ever Scholarship Grants to Postsecondary Education Programs

Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund Awarded $249,000 to 11 Institutions to Help Provide Funding for Individuals with Autism to Pursue Opportunities After High School

Brian & Patricia Kelly Scholarship Fund to help provide funding for individuals with autism to pursue opportunities after high school.

January 15, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 15, 2014) — Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the recipients of its inaugural Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund, which is designed to provide funding and educational opportunities after high school for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund Recipients 2013

Autism Speaks is proud to award $249,000 to 11 postsecondary institutions through the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. Funds were awarded to four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational programs and transition programs. Read the press release here.

Learn more about each of the programs, including a quote from each recipient, below:

More and More Colleges Enrolling Students with Disabilities

November 20, 2013

An article in today's Detroit Legal News discussed the progress that has been made recently in terms of individuals with disabilities attending college. Options are expanding and schools are becoming more understanding and accomodating of these individuals, including young adults and adults on the autism spectrum.

Autism Speaks Announces Two Postsecondary Education Resources For Adults With Autism

Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund now available to eligible postsecondary institutions and programs to help provide funds for students with autism. New Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide will help young adults with autism and their families explore educational opportunities, programs and support services after high school

Autism Speaks announced two postsecondary education resources to help young adults with autism who are attending college.

August 22, 2013