From Autism Transition Handbook
- Provide the college (professors, counselors, resident assistants, etc.) with information about ASD and how it affects your young adult specifically, including challenges he faces and strategies that can be used to assist him. Developing a one-page “fact sheet” about ASD and your young adult may be helpful to distribute.
- Locate an understanding guidance counselor or student services staff member who can advocate for your young adult throughout his college career. This support may come by providing information about services on campus, introductions to groups on campus with shared interests, recommendations of professors who may be more willing to provide accommodations, and others.
- Suggest that your young adult use the same strategies from high school for help in college, such as written schedules, visual aids, tape recording lectures, and other accommodations.
- Be sure your young adult discusses the possible options for taking exams with his professor at the start of the semester. Exams may be modified based on your young adult’s particular needs, specifically, by making them untimed or with an extended time.
- Investigate organizations on campus with which your son may have a shared interest (a gamers club, for example). This may be a place where he can meet a trusted peer to assist with navigating college life.