Thriving in College on the Spectrum

The transition to college can be a major challenge for all young adults, and those on the autism spectrum often need specialized support in order to thrive. Students with autism struggle with the social aspects of college more than the academic aspects. They must navigate classes, dorms, study groups, and lots of other situations that require social skills, leading to a feeling of isolation and loneliness among people with autism.

Whether it be parents, friends, roommates, college staff, or educators, there are things that can be done to help those on the spectrum do well in college. Colleges themselves can be a valuable resource for students with autism. Traditional disability services don’t always recognize the types of services necessary for people with autism, so it’s important for colleges to develop programs that focus on developing relationships.

In this video, university educators Marc Ellison and Michael McManmon discuss the best ways for colleges to support students with autism and enable them to realize their fullest potential. In addition, the two offer advice to students and their parents about how to get their college careers moving on the right track.

Check out their insight about the things people with autism struggle with and how colleges can help in the video below.

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