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Autism File Magazine: Beyond High School

Self-advocacy is key for young adults on the spectrum to succeed at the college level

Autism File Magvia Autism File, April-May 2016

by Hannah Enenbach, MA
Academic Coordinator
CIP Long Beach

Making the transition from high school to college is often dramatic—and in some cases, traumatic—for graduating students. Suddenly, they are expected to motivate themselves to attend class, study on their own time, and pace themselves in preparation for longer-term assignments or cumulative exams. For students on the autism spectrum who require disability accommodations from their new colleges or universities, the difficulties multiply.

The shift of the responsibility of initiative from the parent and school to the student is one of the most challenging aspects of moving into the world of higher learning. This shift is an even bigger adjustment than most take it to be, requiring not only a good handle on a handful of executive functioning skills, but also strong motivation and the ability to self-advocate. Comprehensive transitional supports when starting postsecondary education are essential in increasing the probability of being successful.

Read the full article here.

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.