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Preparing to Experience College Living

A group of college students studying together in the library.



High school students on the spectrum are accustomed to the natural supports they receive from their family, their school and their community. Relatives, friends and community members often offer accommodations and support without even realizing it. In addition, federal law such as IDEIA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act) mandates a free and appropriate public education for every child with a disability, and every student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) receives individual support services. But these supports disappear when students with ASD enter college and encounter new academic and daily living challenges.

This guide provides suggestions for developing academic skills and supports as well as social skills in preparation for living on a college campus. It also includes a list of tips for preparing for the transition from high school to college.

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