Navigating the Transition to College:  Resources for Students with ASD

      Going to College
      This Web site, designed for high school students, contains information about living college life with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students plan for college.

      Stairway to Stem:  Student Resources
      Resources for autistic students who are transitioning from high school to college and interested in entering STEM fields. Our contributors are tackling everything from important steps to take during your junior and senior years of high school, to making friends, navigating a syllabus, and mastering time management to disclosure, accommodations, and building collegiate support systems and more.

      Navigating College: A handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
      This book is a project of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those who've been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and they’re giving advice that they wish someone could have given them when heading off to college.

      Preparing for Postsecondary Education
      This pamphlet, Students with Disabilities: Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education provides information about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.

      Going to College with Asperger's & Autism 
      Transitioning to college can be stressful for any young adult, but those with Asperger’s syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often face additional challenges during this time. There are people and programs in place to help, though. This guide offers information, expert advice and resources to help make the transition to college smooth and successful for students with ASD and their families.

      OAR’s Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum
      This guide is intended to help students with ASD become better prepared for college life and academics. This guide addresses challenges that are both universal and unique to students on the college autism spectrum by providing information, guidance, and resources that address them. Finding Your Way offers practical advice from autism experts; powerful narratives from self-advocates; and relevant resource tools. It is intended to help readers anticipate and improve their academic and social situations by advocating for themselves.

      Misunderstandings About IEPs, 504s, and College Accommodations  Clarifying the Vocabulary:  There is – understandably - a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of what does and doesn’t happen for students with disabilities at college.  It seems some people either believe a) there are no disability accommodations available at college (or that they’re only for people with visual, hearing, or physical disabilities) or b) that colleges have to follow students’ high school plans.  None of these statements is true.  


      Interested in RIT?  Plan a Campus Visit

      Fall Open House and Spring Preview Day event schedules for prospective students include an informational session on "Disability Services and Supports at RIT".   We hope to see you there!  Get information and register for on-campus visitation events for prospective and accepted students here: On Campus Events for Prospective and Accepted Students

      Prospective students can schedule a brief information meeting regarding disability supports at RIT.  Meetings times are available weekdays between 9AM and 3PM.  Saturday appointments are available during Accepted Student Open House events only.   CLICK HERE to schedule an informational meeting

      Interested in SSP supports?  Program Enrollment Process for Incoming Students

      Students interested in working with the Spectrum Support Program (SSP) must meet all the academic requirements of admittance to RIT and be matriculated into an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program prior to enrollment.  SSP does not require specific documentation of an autism spectrum disorder as a condition of enrollment in SSP, however students should identify as a  member of the community of students on the autism spectrum .   Students wishing to receive academic or residential adjustments at RIT must register with the Disability Services Office.

      1. Choose a major and Apply to RITEarly decision deadline is November 15th.  Regular decision deadline is January 15th.  

      2. Choose RIT!  Get information about accepting RIT's offer of admission, activating your RIT email, completing your housing contract and other requirements for newly admitted students here.  Expect early decision notifications in mid-January and regular decision notification in mid-March.

      3. Register with Disability Services Office (DSO), provide documentation of autims spectrum disorder, and request adjustments (if needed).  Housing adjustment requests need to be completed by May 1 for fall semester; or by December 1 for spring semester.

      4. Review the SSP Support Options available and enroll in SSPFall enrollment for incoming students should be completed by June 15th to ensure that supports are available.  New students enrollments received after June 15th are not guarenteed.   New spring  semester enrollments are accepted as space allows.