By Lisa Jo Rudy
Updated March 07, 2010
Today, there are a number of private transitional programs available – some day programs and some residential – specifically intended to help young adults on the autism spectrum prepare for college. Through these programs, teens learn to plan their own time, manage their finances and much more.
College Learning Experience CLE is a large and well-established program with locations in five states. They run summer and year round residential programs during which, according their website, “staff works closely with students to provide structured tutoring to develop academic skills, group outings to facilitate the development of social skills and instruction in independent living, such as grocery shopping, cooking and paying bills. Students live in apartments near the CLE offices and receive intensive support to achieve their goals.”
The Cody Center at Stony Brook University in New York provides two programs that address the needs of students with Autism Spectrum and related disabilities who have the ability and the desire to attend college. The programs are provided by Cody Center staff members on the campuses of Suffolk County Community College, in collaboration with college staff members. The Summer Pre-College Program provides an opportunity to experience campus life and classes. The College Support Program provides additional social skills and organizational supports to students once they have been admitted to the college and are attending classes.
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