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he following is a supplement my article in the November, 2003 issue of Autism-Asperger's Digest on selecting a college for a person on the autistic spectrum.  Below is more detailed information supplied by some colleges.

College counselors:  If you would like to add your institution to the list below, please fill out the form at http://www.larsperner.com/collegesurvey.htm .

Academy of Art College
University of Arizona
Auburn University Montgomery
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
Central Washington University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Georgia State University
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana Wesleyan University
University of Indianapolis
Ithaca College
Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Montana-Missoula
University of New Hampshire, Durham
Reinhardt College
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
University of Southern California
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Temple University
Texas State University-San Marcos
Washington State University
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

 

Academy of Art College (San Francisco, CA)
Institutional web site address: 
  http://www.academyart.edu      
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 

Contact information:

Vicky Garcia, Educational Therapist
415-263-5501

Sarah Estes, Classroom Services Manager
415-263-8825

Specific services offered:  We accommodate all students with disabilities on an individual basis and really look at what that individual needs. We then create the service based on the need. Below are some services/accommodations we've given students with autism/Asperger's:

1) A private room in the dorms, so the student does not have to share his or her space with other students.

2) One-on-one help with time management, organization, goal-setting, budgeting money.

3) A note-taker

4) A coach the student can talk to on a regular basis about emotional problems around socializing, getting adjusted to a new routine, getting adjusted to a new environment, etc.

5) Quiet, distraction-free environment for taking tests

5) Modified assignments (Ex: We modified a public speaking assignment for a student to make it less threatening)

6) preferential seating


Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:  We offer a lot of on-line classes. There is also room for individualized study in certain majors.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: Classes in certain majors, such as Motion Picture and Television, require group work and collaboration. A student with Asperger's Syndrome or with Autism may have a harder time in these classes. If so, we provide them with additional support or we modify some of the requirements.
 


University of Arizona

Institutional web site address:  http://www.arizona.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.salt.arizona.edu and http://drc.arizona.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
Contact information:  

Autumn Palmer
Admissions Counselor
SALT Center
University of Arizona
520 621-5285  

Specific services offered:   We offer academic counseling with an individually assigned learning specialist.  Regular weekly meetings offer opportunities to discuss transition strategies, academic expectations, psychosocial support, and referral to supportive resources.  We also offer tutoring in a wide range of academic subjects, writing and math support, and a computer lab with assistive technology.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: Extreme heat and sunlight at certain times of year.  Large campus environment with over 35,000 enrolled students.  Decentralized student services programs located throughout the campus environment.
 

 

Auburn University--Montgomery
Institutional web site address:    http://www.aum.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.aum.edu/home/services/special/css.htm
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:


For disability issues contact:

Center for Special Services
(334) 244-3631

For general university information contact:

Recruiting & Information
(334)244-3668  

Specific services offered:  Extended time in a quiet environment, adaptive technology training, Lumbar support chairs, proctors for reading and transcribing, referrals to appropriate centers for counseling, tutoring, etc., assistance in locating note-takers, photocopies of needed class  materials, equipment, extended time on assignments Books-on-tape, scanned e-text, interpreters, etc. 

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum: We are a small campus with a small number of students(5000 students), thus interaction between our staff, students, and faculty is easier.  I have found this important especially due to some of the behavioral issues I have had to address surrounding our students with Aspergers syndrome.  Communication is vital.  Also, having our students feel comfortable is a key.  For example, we have our own computer lab and some students prefer to work in our lab over the main campus labs.  There seems to be an sense of security by working in our lab and being around our staff.

Comments:  Although my experience is limited in the sense of the number of students I have worked with who have Asperger's, I feel I have learned a lot and have sought out the experiences of my peers for suggestions, etc.  At times, it may appear I have to spend more time with these students but once trust and confidence is gained I find such students just as "unique" as anyone else.

 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
Institutional web site address:  http://www.calpoly.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.drc.calpoly.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:
 

Dr. Steven Kane
Mr. William Bailey
Ms. Ann Fryer
Ms. Shelley Aleshire
Ms. Chris Parker-Kennedy
805-756-1395
Disability Resource Center
Bldg. 124-119
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Specific services offered:   Please see http://www.drc.calpoly.edu for a detailed overview of specific
support services.

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:  We offer many science and engineering technology degrees that often  appeal to individuals with HFA and AS. However, our campus is very competitive and can be very stressful for these individuals.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: As mentioned above, Cal Poly is a highly selective institution and is  thus very competitive. Students often find this atmosphere very stressful. Also, although there is a lot of "hands-on" lab learning as  well as a great deal of "team projects" and small group work that can be  very stressful for HFA/AS students. Finally, the residential nature of
the campus (dorm life) can be very hard on some HFA/AS students as well.

 

Central Washington University
Institutional web site address:  http://www.cwu.edu/
Student special services office web site, if any: Go to CWU web site, click on Disability SupportServices to view the DSS/Post-ITT web site
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:
 

Robert A. Campbell, Director
Pamela S. Wilson, Disability Accommodation Specialist
Disability Support Services
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926-7431
(509) 963-2171 (v)
(509) 963-2143 (tdd)
campbelr@cwu.edu
wilsonp@cwu.edu  


Specific services offered:   Appropriate accommodations are identified for each student on an individual
basis and are based on specific functional limitations as identified in
medical/diagnostic documentation.

Comments: A few students with Asperger's have attended/are attending classes at CWU. The biggest challenges for these students seem to be social interaction in the residence halls and required meetings with professors when/if academic accommodations are needed.

 

University of Colorado at Boulder
Institutional web site address:
    http://www.colorado.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:  


Disability Services, University of Colorado at Boulder
Willard Hall, Room 322
107 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0107
phone:  303-492-8671
fax:  303-492-5601
dsinfo@colorado.edu
www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices  

Disability Services offers meetings with Disability Specialist to answer questions about accessing services and to describe available services.

Specific services offered:  Students who request services are assigned to a Disability Specialist who provides individualized support. The Specialist can help with academic advising, time management and organization, learning strategies, general problem solving, referrals to other resources, advocacy, and assistance with accommodations that are supported by documentation. In addition, Disability Services offers a Writing Lab, an Assistive Technology Lab, a Career Program for Students with Disabilities and a student organization for those with disabilities. 
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum: A limited number of free counseling sessions are available to all students through the Counseling department.  The University of Colorado at Boulder offers Residence Academic Programs (RAP) for all students. RAP provides smaller sized classes for certain courses that are generally offered only in a large lecture format.  (There is a fee for participation in RAP programs.) Free peer tutoring is offered through the residence halls. Student Academic Services Center also offers a variety of support services. 
 
Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: The University of Colorado at Boulder is a large institution with approximately 28,000 students.  However, the student organization, UCSU, offers many ways to become involved- from professional to recreational groups.
 
 

Indiana Wesleyan University
Institutional web site address:     http://www.indwes.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.indwes.edu/Student_Life/Student_asst_services
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?   No
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:  

Jerry Harrell
Director of Center for Student Support Services
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953
765-677-2257
jerry.harrell@indwes.edu

Specific services offered:  Academic guidance, course content tutoring, disability support, personal counseling, adaptive resources.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
We have a good support system in residence life and academic affairs to work with students with disabilities.  Each incoming student is mentored through a small group in residence life.  Additionally, our Dean of Mentoring provides one-on-one mentoring opportunities for students seeking additional support.  Our student body openly embraces those with disabilities and seeks to include them in campus activities.
 
 

Georgia State University
Institutional web site address:  http://www.gsu.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.gsu.edu/disability
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 
Contact information:

        Office of Disability Services (404)463-9044
 
Specific services offered:  See website at http://www.gsu.edu/disability .

 

University of Hawaii at Hilo
Institutional web site address:  http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu       
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/uds
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

Susan Shirachi
University Disability Services
200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720

Ph: (808) 933-0816
TTY: (808) 933-3334
Fax: (808) 974-7691
Email: shirachi@hawaii.edu



Specific services offered: 

Personalized campus orientation
Registration assistance
On campus voter registration assistance
Referral to Disability Liaison in Financial Aid Office
Referral for personal, academic and career counseling
Referral for tutorial services
Referral to service learning programs
Referral to external agency support programs (e.g., Division of Vocational Rehabilitation)
Classroom, and testing accommodation
Taped textbooks
Cassette recorders
Talking calculators
Distraction free testing rooms
Page magnifier (manual)
CCTV
Computers with assistive technology software (JAWS, Zoomtext, Dragon Naturally Speaking)
Assitive technology peer tutor
Disability awareness training with faculty
Facilitated meetings
Empowerment and advocacy training
Learning Disability Support Group
Bi Monthly UDS newsletter mailing on topics of concern to UDS students
Annual Scholar with Disability Tuition Waiver (to 1 selected candidate)
UHH accessible van for program use
UHH accessible housing, theater and bookstore
UHH accessible dining facilities, new gym and classroom facilities
Ample accessible parking throughout campus


Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum: The philosophy that guides the UDS Office is one based on respect, responsibility, and trust. For a student to succeed we realize that a partnership must be developed, and we see our goal as being one of the partners that a student with disability may need in order to achieve his/her goals of graduating with a degree from UHH.

Our campus environment is one that encourages diversity, and inclusion for all in a variety of venues, and disciplines.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: UHH campus is on a hilly terrain, that is often rainy and damp for a majority of the year. Consideration should also be taken into account for persons with respiratory issues as the existence of the Kilauwa Volcano (active volcano) that still emits fumes which may build up occasionally with a change of wind direction. The active volcano will emit fumes that build up with a change of wind direction.

Comments: Students who have received the most benefit from UHH are those who are motivated and have basic college preparatory skills that enhance their ability to transition into an academically competitive environment.
 


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Institutional web site address:          http://www.uiuc.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.rehab.uiuc.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 

Contact information:

        Division of Rehabilitation Education Services (DRES)
        Student Services Main Number 217-333-4603

Specific services offered: 

    Academic Adjustments/Accommodations
    Transportation
    Priority Registration
    Accommodations within Housing
    Academic Coaching
    Support groups
    Advocacy
    Clinical Psychologist as their case manager
    Personal Assistant (would have to pay for on own)

Support services vary depending on the needs of the student and vary from intense meetings up to several times a week, coordination of classes and services, intervening with faculty/staff, all the way to one student who had a personal assistant attend class with him to help manage some inappropriate behaviors and safety concerns.

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
The campus values diversity.  DRES was the first post-secondary disability service provider in the US.  We have a large staff and utilize cutting edge techniques to help support our students with disabilities.  A clinical psychologist who is familiar with and understands autistic spectrum disorders is the case manager so that the individual can learn strategies but also have some one help with certain areas.  This is a unique disability that requires more follow-up and more hands-on management than many disabilities and some disability service providers do not understand these needs.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: The two most challenging issues would be that we do not have special admissions criteria for students with disabilities and the second is the fact that we have a very large campus to learn to navigate.

Comments: In my four years here at UIUC, I have had 10 students with Autism/Asperger's on my caseload.  Three have graduated and the other seven are still enrolled and pursuing their degrees.  All three of the students who graduated have obtained full-time employment, one with a starting salary of $55,000!

 

University of Indianapolis
Student special services office web site, if any: http://build.uindy.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

        Admissions Office
        University of Indianapolis
        1400 East Hanna Avenue
        Indianapolis, IN 46227
        800-232-8634

Specific services offered: The B.U.I.L.D. program at the University of Indianapolis is a full support program designed to help the college student with a specific learning disability, which can include dyslexia, attention deficit, Asperger's, and traumatic brain injury, earn an associate or baccalaureate degree. 

The specific services include individualized strategies tutoring, professional tutors, Occupational Therapy interns, proficiency-level Math and English courses, specialized English 101 and Study Skills courses, additional testing accommodations, academic advising, and some assistive equipment and software.

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
The University of Indianapolis is a moderate-sized, comprehensive university located in the southeastern corner of Indianapolis.  Two thousand students, mostly campus residents, make up the day division, and more than 60 countries are represented in the University's population. 

B.U.I.L.D. received the unanimous support of the faculty at the program's inception in 1990, and faculty members continue to offer their cooperation and support.  The university has a desirable student-to-faculty ratio for all students (14 to 1) and the average class size is 18.  This opportunity allows for personal attention from faculty and staff.

 

Ithaca College
Institutional web site address:  http://www.ithaca.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

        Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities
        322A Smiddy Hall
        Ithaca College
        Ithaca, NY 14850
        607-274-1005
        acssd@ithaca.edu
 
Specific services offered:   Accommodations offered by the office are based on a recent (within 3 years) psychoeducational evaluation and the recommendations of the referring psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor.

We don't have a comprehensive program. Instead, we arrange for specific academic accommodations as recommended in the evaluation. Special housing accommodations may be available if recommended in the report.

 

Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
Institutional web site address: 
   http://www.marshall.edu     
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

Marshall University
The West Virgininia Autism Training Center College Program for Students  with
      Higher Functioning Autism
Old Main
316 One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Telephone (304) 696-2332
Email: ramseyk@marshall.edu


Specific services offered:  A person-centered, positive behavior support approach is used to assist students with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome. Social, independent living, and academic supports are provided. Participating students must be admitted to Marshall University and apply to The College Program for Students with Higher Functioning autism through a separate application process.


University of Maryland, College Park
Institutional web site address:  http://www.umd.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.umd.edu/dss/
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:
 
        Susan McMenamin, Coordinator
        Office of Disability Support Services
        Shoemaker Bldg.
        University of Maryland
        College Park, MD 20742
        301-314-7682
        smcmenam@wam.umd.edu
 
Specific services offered:   Standard accommodations are available e.g. testing services - extended time, private space, reader/scribe, computer use; reading services - books on tape; note taker; priority registration, reduced course load. There is an adaptive technology lab in the main library. Individualized student advocacy support and mentoring is also available.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum:  This is a very complex campus both in terms of size and administrative hierarchy making it difficult to negotiate at times. Due to the large student population, most lower level classes have large enrollments.
 
Students are expected to initiate contact with DSS to request any assistance or support. There is a strong emphasis on student self-advocacy and independence.
 


University of Missouri-Kansas City
Institutional web site address:  http://www.umkc.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.umkc.edu/disability
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 
Contact information:
 
        Scott Laurent, Director OSSD
        disability @umkc.edu
 
Specific services offered:  I have had some experience.  Typically our services are limited to academic accommodations such as extended exam time, a reduced distraction exam room, etc. However, we do strive to assist the student in whatever way we can. 
 
Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: 
We may not always be able to provide extensive individualized support beyond basic academic accommodations.
 
 

The University of Montana-Missoula
Institutional web site address:  http://www.umt.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.umt.edu/dss
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

        Disability Services for Students (DSS)
        Contact person: Jim Marks, Director
        Email address: marks@mso.umt.edu
        Phone number: (406) 243-2373
        Mailing Address: Disability Services for Students, Lommasson Center 154, The University of Montana,
        Missoula, MT 59812
 
The DSS web site provides useful information to students making the transition from high school to The University of Montana-Missoula, or transferring from another institution of higher learning.  This web site also provides extensive information useful to their families.     
 
Specific services offered:  For specific accommodations and services that DSS offers, please see the "Detailed Description of Accommodations and Services" at http://www.umt.edu/dss/ea-31.html .

Comments:  We focus on the accessible learning environment, which means we identify barriers to program access caused by the functional limitation resulting from a disability.  We underline the functional limitations, which are teased out of interviews with the student, documentation and/or conversations with the diagnostician, and the application of best practices.  Our attention is not heavily directed at the individual.  Rather, our attentions are on the environment.
 



University of New Hampshire, Durham
Institutional web site address:          http://UNH.Edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://unh.edu/access
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information: 

        Maxine Little, Director
        Brandee Franciosi, Assistant Director / LD Specialist
        Access Office
        118 Memorial Union Building
        Durham, NH 03824
        603-862-2607 (voice /TTY)
 
Specific services offered:  Once eligibility for accommodations has been established by the Access Office, we meet with students to determine appropriate accommodations based upon presented documentation of disability. These accommodations may include:
 
    Extended Exam Time
    Notetaker(s)
    Option to tape record lectures
    Meetings with Disability Support Service Counselors
    Accessible Classrooms
    FM Assistive Listening Systems
    4-track tape players
    Text on Tape
    Readers for exams
    Distraction limited testing environment
    Reduced course load
    Use of a computer on essay exams
    Use of a calculator
 
Parker Adaptive Media Room Located in The Dimond Library:
 
    Station: 15" PC Monitor with Zoom Text 7.06
    Station: Mac Quadra 610 Monitor hooked up to Brailler (no PC hook up)
    Braille Printer
    Station: 21" Monitor with Dragon Naturally Speaking 7.0, ZOOM Text 7.06 Ultra
    Station: 15" PC Monitor with JAWS
    Station: Clearview 300 OPTELEC CCTV
    Station: PC 21" Monitor with Open Book 6.0, Scan Jet6200C
    Large Font Mac 21" monitor
  
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
Our four year baccalaureate programs are suitable and challenging.  Thompson School is our 2 year applied science program that offers a more "hands-on" curriculum.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: There are no formal tutoring or life/social skills coaching services available through the Access Office. A fee for service tutor clearing house is located on campus at the Center for Academic Resources.
 

 

Reinhardt College
Institutional web site address:  http://reinhardt.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:  Sylvia Robertson, Director, Academic Support Office 770-720-5567 srr@reinhardt.edu

Specific services offered:  The services of the Academic Support Office are designed for college able students who are diagnosed with Specific Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorder. Services include academic advisement, testing accommodations, note takers, access to computers, etc. A fee-based enhanced program of small group faculty-led tutorials is also available in the general education core curriculum.

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
The college is small (approx. 1000), and students do get personal attention.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: While the small size and caring nature of the college is helpful for many students, it also means that certain students attract a good deal of attention. In small classrooms where students are encouraged to participate, students with poor social control bring a challenge to professors and fellow students that causes patience to sometimes wears thin.

Families see the small college coupled with the opportunity to have the student live in the dormitory as a great place for students to mature. In fact, the social situations posed by dormitory living and other parts of campus life are extremely stressful for students on the autism spectrum. We do recognize the spectrum, however. We have had in the past, and do have enrolled at present, students who have done well academically and have grown socially. Likewise, we have had students who have been completely unable to handle one or both the academic and social/living parts of college. It is very important that the student, the family, and the college problem-solve on the front end of the admissions process.

 

 

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Institutional web site address:  http://www2.stockton.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www2.stockton.edu/wellness/lap.html
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:
 
        Learning Access Program
        West Quad 110
        Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
        PO Box 195
        Pomona, NJ 08240
        609-652-4988
 
Specific services offered:  Individual counseling, accommodations such as note takers, testing accommodations including extended time and distraction reduced environments, adaptive technology available, student advocacy.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:  
Buildings linked together, easy to access and to get around, quiet, wooded environment.
 
 

University of Southern California
Institutional web site address:   http://www.usc.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.usc.edu/disability
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 
Contact information:
 
        University of Southern California
        3601 Trousdale Pky.
        Student Union 301
        Los Angeles, CA 90089
 
        Tel: 213/ 740-0776 (main number)
            213/ 740-8205 (Disability Counselors)
 
        email: ability@usc.edu
 

Specific services offered:  In order to fulfill our goal of providing all students with an equal opportunity to succeed in the classroom, Disability Services and Programs (DSP) seeks to accommodate students with documented disabilities (including autistic spectrum disorders) in a variety of ways.  Specific accommodations that are beneficial to a student with an autistic spectrum disorder may include: distraction free rooms to exams, use of a class note-taker, use of a tape recorder in the classroom, use of a word processor during essay exams, and use of a spell checker.  Personalized Learning Assistants are available to the student body and are particularly useful for a student with an autistic spectrum disorder.  
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:   
We are currently improving the services that we are able to provide for students with autistic spectrum disorders.  We will soon offer a peer buddy/ mentoring system, as well as specific training for learning assistants and disability counselors who work directly with the students.  The staff has already participated in training for working with students with Asperger's Syndrome.  Furthermore, two members of our staff just completed a course on college students with Asperger's Syndrome.  It is our hope that these improvements and trainings will improve the quality of service provided to all students, especially those students with autistic spectrum disorders.


 

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Institutional web site address:  http://siuc.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://siu.edu/~achieve
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:
 

        Roger Pugh
        Achieve Program
        Mailcode 6832
        SIUC
        Carbondale, IL  62901
        (618) 453-2369
        achieve@siu.edu

Specific services offered:  SIUC provides two program for students with disabilities:  The Disability
Support Services office, and the Achieve Program.  DSS is the federally mandated program to provide equal opportunity under law for students with disabilities.  Achieve is a comprehensive academic support service program for students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder.  A third program, specifically designed to meet the social  issues faced by students with Asperger's syndrome, the ASperger's Peer Intervention, Reflection, and Evaluation (ASPIRE) Support Group, began operating in august of 2003.

Students who use DSS must apply to SIU and meet the SIU entrance requirements.

Students interested in Achieve apply to both the university and to the Achieve Program.  Application materials are reviewed on an individual basis.  Applicants must meet the Achieve program criteria:  Previous diagnosis of LD and/or ADD; Cognitive abilities in the Average range or greater;  Social/emotional maturity to transition well into a large liberal arts university.  If necessary, Achieve will make recommendations to Admissions and Records regarding the admission of students.

The ASPIRE support group will be designed to provide directed group counseling and modeling to address the social needs of students with Asperger's syndrome.  Students must meets the entrance requirements for
the University, and apply separately for services.

Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:  SIUC has a reputation of being attuned to the needs of students with disabilities.  The campus is welcoming, friendly, beautiful, and offers hundreds of choices for classes and degree programs.  SIUC is competitive nationally in many diverse areas.  It is a large university, but fosters an atmosphere like what might be found at a smaller college.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum: SIUC is a large university.  It encompasses a large physical space.  Some classes a student will take will be large lecture classes.  Student housing for Freshman and Sophomore students include several dormitory
areas.  Students must be prepared to face the challenges of independent living and close peer interactions.

 

Temple University
Institutional web site address: http://temple.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://temple.edu/disability
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:  

Disability Resources and Services (DRS) can be contacted to discuss services for students with disabilities at the University.  A Guide for Students with Disabilities is available online at the above website or by contacting the department at 215-204-1280 weekdays between 8:30AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time.  Requests can also be faxed to 215-204-6794.  

Specific services offered:  Although Temple University does not have a special program for students on the autistic spectrum, it does have supports and a welcoming  environment for all students with disabilities. Students have the availability of individual meetings with counselors/advisors to discuss academic and college-life related concerns.  There are also counseling and other support programs available on campus for students seeking such services.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:  
Temple University has a long history of embracing diversity.  It is a place large enough for students to find others with similar interests.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum:  Because of the size of the University (more than 30,000 students) and its location in a large metropolitan area, it can appear overwhelming to some.
 
Comments:  The Disability Resources and Services Department was established in 1976.  There are more than 1,000 students with disabilities currently attending the University.


 

Texas State University-San Marcos
Institutional web site address:          http://www.txstate.edu/
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.ods.txstate.edu/
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?   Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 
Contact information:
 
        Office of Disability Services                         
        Suite 5-5.1, LBJ Student Center
        601 University Drive
        San Marcos TX 78666
        Phone: (512) 245-3451 (voice/TTY)
        Fax: (512) 245-3452
 
Specific services offered:  We provide services to students with various disabilities, however, we currently have no services specifically targeted toward students with an autistic spectrum diagnosis. Specialized support services are based on the individual student's disability-based needs. Services available include, but are not limited to:
 
    Advance registration of classes 
    Assistance in ordering recorded textbooks
    Recording textbooks not available on tape
    Arranging for special testing accommodations
    Assistance in accessing adaptive computer equipment
    Assistance in locating volunteer readers and note takers
    Liaison and advocacy between students, faculty and staff
    Referral for tutoring
    Student Support Services
    Student Learning Assistance Center
    Disability management counseling
    Provision of sign language and oral interpreting services
    Information and referral to on-campus and off-campus resources
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum: 
Texas State University-San Marcos is very oriented toward ensuring undergraduate students have a successful beginning to their college experience. To that end, much effort is put into helping students feel a part of the campus community through various programs before and during initial semesters. There are numerous student organizations students may choose from in order to find their social niche, and diversity is actively sought and valued by the university community.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum:  The university is growing very quickly. Current enrollment is over twenty-six thousand, causing classes to be larger than the ideal. Some students with disabilities find that this presents a challenge.
 

 

Washington State University
Institutional web site address:  http://www.wsu.edu
Student special services office web site, if any: http://www.wsu.edu/drc
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?    Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes

Contact information:

        Susan Schaeffer
        (509) 335-1757
        schaeff@wsu.edu

Specific services offered: Note takers, extra time on in-class exams other resources as appropriate.
 


University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Institutional web site address: http://www.uww.edu
Does a staff member have experience working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
Is there anyone on staff who would feel comfortable working with students on the autistic spectrum?  Yes
 
Contact information:
 
        Project ASSIST
        262.472.4788
 
Specific services offered:  Trained peer tutoring is available for content and learning strategies.  One-on-one staff assistance is offered that may include weekly meetings, advocating for students.  Workshops offered include computer instruction, math study skills/anxiety, writing.
 
Characteristics of the institution that may be especially suitable for someone on the autistic spectrum:
We have a small office and a small, personable staff, making a smooth transition to our office and school.

Characteristics of the institution that may pose challenges to students on the autistic spectrum:  It is a mid-size university of 10,000, which may cause more challenges than a smaller institute.