College can be a trying time in any individual’s life. For someone with autism, there may be some additional challenges. To help meet these varying needs, we offer resources and a competitive scholarship program for self-advocates attending college.
Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide
We created this resource as a tool for college students with autism to present to their professors and other college staff to help them better understand autism and teaching someone with it. This video [link to professor resource page] resource focuses on educating professors, teaching assistants, and others on what it means to be a college student on the spectrum and how they might best be able to help them succeed.
At just over 15 minutes in length, this video is tailored to be easy to use and readily fit a professor’s schedule. Yet, it is long enough to give a concise and accurate description to the viewer about autism and how it might come into play in the classroom and the student-professor dynamic. Featuring narratives by two adults with autism, who have successfully walked the walk, it shares information and tips on what types of accommodations might be needed and reasonable. By sharing this video, adults with Asperger Syndrome will be fostering increased awareness, understanding, and acceptance within the college academic and campus communities. Interested students can access the video by following the link to the video above.
OAR produced this video with support from the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Project (GRASP) and Pace University in New York City. It was funded through a generous grant from the Schwallie Family Foundation. This video features Michael John Carley, then with GRASP, and Kiriana Cowansage, an NYU Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Neuroscience at the time, as the primary instructors. Our own Scientific Council Chairman, Dr. Peter Gerhardt, also appears in the video to describe and discuss “reasonable accommodations” in the college classroom.
OAR has two scholarship opportunities for students with autism attending college, technical schools, trade schools, life skills programs, and other job-readiness programs after high school.
College Guide for Self-Advocates (Upcoming)
OAR will soon release an educational resource for college students to help them navigate college. If you would like to get involved, contact .