Tips for College for Students with Autism
As more young people with ASD graduate and leave school, more are naturally looking at colleges.
Transitioning to college can be tough for any student, not just students with special needs. Many students often see community college as the “13th grade,” and extension of high school. This is not the case.
There are no IEP’s in college! Instead, colleges which accept federal or state money must comply with both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Private post-secondary schools are subject to the lesser standards of Title III of the ADA. These colleges have a Disabilities Office or Office of Students Support which will work to remove barriers that may prevent a student from accessing a classroom or college environment.
Below are some general guidelines but contact the college Disabled Students Office to find out specifics.
Differences Between High School and College
FAQ Regarding College Services
Inland Empire College Support Options
Regional Center may be able to provide support services for clients who are attending college. These services may include navigating the social part of a college campus, helping with organizational skills and living skills. There are a arrange of programs to help those who may need minimal support as wells as those who need assistance with getting around campus. Please note: Regional Center may not pay for all of the programs listed below or the entire cost of the program. Please check with your Regional Center caseworker for more information.
420 Brookside Ave Redlands CA 92373
ABA services – specializes in adults. Also has behavioral feeding and diagnostic services.
California Autism Network – Amanda Backer
Adolescents and adults diagnosed with ASD often require specific training to develop college and work readiness skills. California Autism Network (CAN) provides this training, as well as assistance in the development of self-advocacy, communication, and executive function skills. CAN believes in helping individuals with ASD to develop meaningful lives and thrive as independent adults. CAN services include Assessment of client skills, interests, and areas of need; Development of the individual treatment plan identifying goals and objectives to increase client’s independence at home, school, work, or within the community; Recommendations for needed assistive technology; support to the client and family throughout implementation of the treatment plan. CAN services are provided individually or in small group instruction, both in-person or virtually, supporting clients to learn skills such as appropriate school and workplace behaviors including time management, social skills, self-advocacy, goal setting, hygiene, and professional appearance. CAN accepts private payment plans and is a vendor for Inland Regional Center.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD Temecula – 27720 Jefferson Ave., Suite 150, Temecula (951) 699-8640
CARD Corona – 802 Magnolia Ave, Suite 202, Corona (951) 686-2020
CARD Moreno Valley – 12125 Day St, Suite E301, Moreno Valley (951) 344-2166
CARD Ontario – 2151 E. Convention Center Way, Suite 103, Ontario (951) 259-5600
CARD Temecula – 27720 Jefferson Ave, Ste 150, Temecula (951) 699-8640
CARD Riverside – 5750 Division Street, Ste 104, Riverside (951) 900-6390
CARD provides trained staff to implement applied behavior analysis (ABA) to children, teens, and adults at home, school, community, and center-based settings. Now has a college program which can assist students attending local college classes. Not all colleges are supported. Call to find out if the local CARD office can help.
College Connect is a local support program for students with developmental disabilities to enhance independence, promote academic and occupational success and create meaningful relationships. Has a number of programs including Mt Sac and Cal Poly Pomona. The College Connect approach was developed by college professors, educational, and clinical psychologists in response to the growing need for support services after high school. College Connect actively promotes a positive culture surrounding the development of social emotional skills, academic and educational strategies for success and independence. All services take place directly on the college campus. The program has supported many students in achieving their goals and ambitions. These have included transfers to four year universities, earning degrees and certificates, gaining internship experiences, and employment. As a vendored agency with Regional Center, they prioritize active collaboration with students and families to develop a unique plan for each students goals. The service code is 605 and the vendor number is PP5925.
College to Career Program – Cole Vocational/CA Mentor Program
Chaffey College and Long Beach City College, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Riverside, San Bernardino, Temecula, Victorville
As part of California MENTOR’s day programs, the College Support program offers individuals the chance to take community-college classes. They offer assistance with everything from enrollment to tutoring and transportation, ensuring a successful experience for each individual. College Support is an option for adults with minimal support in day programs throughout California who are able to attend class independently, as well as those who need assistance with getting around campus.
Mansfield Hall College Support for Students
Mansfield Hall is a living and learning community which provides residential, academic, executive functioning, social, and independent living skill support to students who are going to college. We are not the degree-granting institution, but all of our students are in college. Located in Burlington, VT, Madison, WI, and Eugene, OR
Southern California College Support Resources
College Autism Network
https://collegeautismnetwork.org/College Autism Network is a nonprofit organization linking varied stakeholders engaged in evidence-guided efforts to improve access, experiences, and outcomes for postsecondary students with autism. Has online resources.
College Connect is a local support program for students with developmental disabilities to enhance independence, promote academic and occupational success and create meaningful relationships. Has a number of programs including Mt Sac and Cal Poly Pomona. The College Connect approach was developed by college professors, educational, and clinical psychologists in response to the growing need for support services after high school. College Connect actively promotes a positive culture surrounding the development of social emotional skills, academic and educational strategies for success and independence. All services take place directly on the college campus. Our program has supported many students in achieving their goals and ambitions. These have included transfers to four year universities, earning degrees and certificates, gaining internship experiences, and employment. As a vendored agency with Regional Center, we prioritize active collaboration with students and families to develop a unique plan for each students goals. The service code is 605 and the vendor number is PP5925.
College Internship Program (CIP) – CSU Long Beach, CSU Berkeley
(310) 569-9308 or 1-877-KNOW-CIP
The College Internship Program is a comprehensive post-secondary support program for students ages 18 to 26 with Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, and learning differences. Each student receives individualized social, academic, career and life skills instruction to develop and strengthen their areas of social thinking, executive functioning, sensory integration, money management, recreation, and health and wellness.
College Living Support (CLE) 486-5058
Offers support independent living support, social skills, academic, self-advocacy, and career development for students wanting to attend the Art Institute in Orange County, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Chapman University.
Pathway at UCLA Extension
Is a sequential program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university.
Project College – United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County
Camp held at the University of San Diego
(858) 278-5420 x 131 For ages 17-22, with a developmental disability or autism spectrum disorder who are considering attending college in the near future, or already attending, and are diploma bound. Cost Includes housing for 5 nights, all meals, activities, and program materials. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from USD and their own spending money. The full tuition for the week (including meals, lodging, and activities) is $850. Needs based scholarships are available.
Autism Society Options Policy
This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.
All information provided or published by the Autism Society Inland Empire is for information purposes only. Specific treatment, therapy or services should be provided to an individual only at the direction of the individual’s doctor, caregiver, or other qualified professional. References to any treatment or therapy option, program, service, or treatment provider are not an endorsement by the Autism Society. References of treatments, therapies, programs, services, and/or providers are not intended to be comprehensive statements. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. The Autism Society assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided. The Autism Society Inland Empire provides information, but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society Inland Empire cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. The Autism Society Inland Empire may add or remove organizations from this list at its discretion.