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.
Students who would once have been stuck at home, or in menial jobs, or struggled unsuccessfully in college, are finding a new range of options for support services to help them succeed.
“I knew I didn’t want to work in the fast food industry my whole life,” said Tony Saylor, a 22-year-old student at Eastern Michigan University, sitting at the kitchen table of his family’s home in this Detroit suburb, where he lives while commuting to EMU. His mother, Angela Saylor, says a 3-year-old program at EMU that supports autistic students — a graduate student who works with the program attends all his classes with him — has been a godsend.
Autism Speaks has created a Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide to help individuals with autism and their families explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school. Learn more here!
We also recently launched the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund, which selects eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in the United States to identify qualified students or clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and offer scholarship funds for these individuals to attend. The results of the first round of grants will be announced in mid-December. Learn more here!