USCAP: College Affiliations


US Autism Association has an international presence. The US Autism Association 2010 Annual World Conference became the most-viewed autism conference in the world. With a sold out audience, over 34,000 additional people viewed the event online at US Autism Association TV. Families from around the world turn to US Autism Association to receive support and training to meet the needs of college students with autism spectrum disorders.

USCAP creates professional alliances, establishes standards for training, educates and aligns with colleges and local community resources and offer support and training for mentors, family, friends, and classmates.

As colleges complete the recommended training and consultative support provided by the USCAP, they will be "recommended" by US Autism Association as an educational setting that is prepared to meet the needs of college students on the spectrum.

Dr. Stephen Shore, EdD serves on the US Autism Association Advisory Board and is a professor at Adelphi University in New York. He was diagnosed with autism and teaches graduate school and emphasizes that Adelphi University has a good program for students on the autism spectrum. Another school that contacted US Autism Association is the University of West Florida that has a program for students with ASD. Visit College Confidential's blogs and parents forums. Schools that come up supporting students with ASD are Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.

While the following schools have not used the USCAP model for training, this information may be of help for students seeking college admission for students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

Dr. Lars Perner is a professor at the University of Southern California and he also has autism and emphasizes "that as with any other autism related issue, college choices must be based on the unique circumstances and characteristics of the individual, and no simple formulas can be offered".

Dr. Perner provides his own experience, college planning for the high functioning student with autism. As Dr. Perner says, "College is a tremendous opportunity for many individuals on the autistic spectrum. Little has been written on preparing for college, as opposed to surviving once there. This preparation should ideally have an early start. Based on the speaker's own experiences both as a college professor and an individual on the autistic spectrum, strategies for selecting colleges, handling high school course work, and taking standardized exams are discussed. Using strengths to compensate for areas of difficulty is emphasized."

Here is the list that is prepared by Dr. Perner and the link with additional information of the colleges listed below:

Academy of Art College
University of Arizona
Auburn University Montgomery
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
Central Washington University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Georgia State University
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana Wesleyan University
University of Indianapolis
Ithaca College Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Montana-Missoula
University of New Hampshire, Durham
Reinhardt College
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
University of Southern California
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Temple University
Texas State University-San Marcos
Washington State University
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Links listed in this section: USCAP, Connections, Curriculum, Affiliations, Support and Goals, Projects, Resources, Marketplace.