Choosing the Right Postsecondary Program

Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide

August 30, 2018

It is essential to ask the right questions as you explore postsecondary education options.  The Autism Transition Guide: Planning the Journey from School to Adult Life by Carolyn Bruey and Mary Beth Urban gives the following advice:

  • Talk to the guidance counselor at your school.
  • Attend local college fairs and ask about disability support services.
  • Ask your teacher about where some of their past students have attended college.
  • Ask other students with ASD or their parents.
  • Consult local autism organizations to see about listings  of colleges that offer supports.
  • Make sure to arrange visits to any potential schools where you can speak with staff and students. The school may also be able to help connect you to other students with ASD and their families.
  • Investigate if the school has the proper supports and services available for you to have the most successful and rewarding experience possible.
  • Keep in mind that there are many different types of institutions that you        could possibly attend. These include: vocational school, community or junior college, technical institutes, state schools or liberal arts schools.
  • Be sure to understand the difference between 2-year versus 4-year programs.
  • Factors that come in to play when selecting a college can also include location and finances.
  • You and your parents should not hesitate to visit the selected college and the one you will eventually attend as many times as you need to in order to familiarize yourself with the college.

Learn more in Autism Speaks Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide.

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