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The Achieve Degree at The Sage Colleges 
A four-year online bachelors program for “nontraditional” students such as those with ASD. Structured course program which results in a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Students also receive up to 3 hours per week of one on one support from a BCBA mentor (via Skype, telephone, email, etc)

Affordable Colleges Online: College Guide for Students with Disabilities
Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled “Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities.”  Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide.

American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship Program
The AAHD board and staff are excited to be able to offer this scholarship program and support the efforts and dedication of students who have chosen to pursue higher education in the disability and health fields.

Americans with Disabilities Act Q&A: Section 504 and Postsecondary Education
Many parents of students with disabilities have learned the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, as students and their families prepare for the transition from secondary school to postsecondary options they often find they are less familiar with the protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These questions  reflect the most commonly asked regarding the ADA and postsecondary institutions.

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism
This scholarship program from The Perecman Firm, PLLC,  is open to high-achieving students who meet two key criteria: Either you or a close family member has been diagnosed with a form of autism (including Asperger syndrome), and you are currently enrolled or have been accepted to an accredited university or college, either at the undergraduate or post-graduate level.

College Internship Program
CIP's full-year postsecondary programs provide young adults with Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success. Our mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults can build happy and productive lives.

College Living Experience
CLE is a comprehensive program that provides young adults with the opportunity to pursue higher education and transition into their next life stage – independent adulthood. By providing intensive assistance to students with varying abilities, College Living Experience helps students develop the well-rounded interpersonal skills required to have successful social interactions, prepare for the workforce and master the life skills needed to live independently. Locations in California, Florida, Texas, Colorado and DC. Autism Related Scholarships
Most scholarships specifically for the study of autism come from autism societies or foundations. Many states also have scholarship programs geared toward degree programs in the study of autism. There are also research grants and scholarships available. This website contains information about scholarships for students with autism.

The College Steps Program
The primary goal of the College Steps Program is the preparation of students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation. The College Steps Program partners with colleges and universities to support students of varying ability (e.g., autism spectrum disorders (ASD),  intellectual disabilities (ID), learning disabilities, etc.), ages 17-26, with their college pursuits. Our target population includes young adults with the functional skills sufficient to thrive within a college environment but who remain challenged to succeed in a traditional college setting without additional supports.

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
by Sarita Freedman
Going to college can be a daunting prospect for any young person, but for teenagers on the autism spectrum this is especially true. Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome describes the unique needs that ASD students entering further or higher education are likely to have.

Disabled World List of Disability Scholarships
Disabled World has put together a list of scholarships, loans, and grant programs that help thousands of disabled people pay for school and college tuition every year.

Financial Aid Guide for Students with Disabilities put together a financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities, one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind. The list contains options that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Disabled Students
Fortunately, there are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is a guide from to the opportunities out there. This easy-to-reference, comprehensive list of financial aid opportunities could make a real difference for disabled students.

Going to College: A Resources for Teens with Disabilities
This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

How to Prepare Students with Autism to Succeed in College
Six keys to helping autistic students prepare for college, as described by a noted expert in an interview podcast from Autism Hangout, an online community for those with autism, their parents and professionals.

Lawrence Madeiros Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to advance the education of individuals that are living with a chronic disorder. 

Luke G Neurological Scholarship
Requirements for Scholarship: must be a college student living with a neurological disorder. Must be enrolled as full time student. 

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, this guide offers a step-by-step look at college life for those with autism — offering tips on everything from classroom accommodations to dealing with roommates — and it’s written by adults with the developmental disorder.

Nitro College: 131 Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 11 percent of undergraduate students in the U.S. reported having a disability—to put that into perspective, that’s over 2 million students. Although opportunities exist for students with a wide range of disabilities, the cost of college can still deter high school graduates from pursuing higher education. To help you finance your degree, check out the resources for prospective students and sort through the scholarships for disabled students below. 

Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent's Guide to Student Successes
by Ann Palmer

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program
In 2008, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) introduced the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program to support qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome residing in the United States pursuing post-secondary education. OAR will present awards of $3,000 each across three categories: 1) Four-year undergraduate college or university; 2) Two-year undergraduate college, and; 3) Trade, technical or vocational school. These will be one-time awards for any recipient.

SCoRE® (Student Curriculum on Resilience Education): Propel
Developed with funding from Autism Speaks, SCoRE: Propel is an online research-based resilience program that helps students with developmental disorders adjust to college life. The program helps students cope with the personal, social, and academic challenges of college life by providing practical information and strategies to: manage stress, develop self-advocacy skills, navigate challenging situations in a college setting, access the college's disability services, develop healthy relationships, maintain a healthy body and mind and achieve success in college and life.

Think College! College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities 
Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.

Think College: Encouragement for Parents of Students on the Autism Spectrum

University of Washington Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology
The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. This page contains information on preparing for college, succeeding in college, and more.