Supporting More Able Students on the Autism Spectrum: College and Beyond

  • Ernst VanBergeijkEmail author
  • Ami Klin
  • Fred Volkmar
Original Paper


In the 1990’s a surge of children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and are now approaching college age. Through early diagnosis and intervention many of these children are now able to consider post secondary education. However, these students will need specific interventions and supports in order to be successful. This article reviews the nosology of ASDs, the legal basis for providing accommodations to students on the autism spectrum, and the incidence and prevalence of ASDs. The authors provide specific recommendations regarding the academic, independent living, social, vocational and counseling needs of college students who are on the autism spectrum. With a carefully planned transition, appropriate accommodations, and support, ASD students can be successful academically and socially in college.


Autism spectrum disorder Asperger syndrome College Young adults 



This publication was made possible through a National Institute of Health LRP grant (Number L30 HD053966–01)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vocational Independence ProgramNew York Institute of TechnologyCentral IslipUSA
  2. 2.Yale University, Yale Child Study CenterNew HavenUSA

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