About US College Autism Project (USCAP)
Despite adequate cognitive ability for academic success in college, many individuals on the autism spectrum find post secondary education an insurmountable hill to climb. Often gaining admission without ever identifying themselves as individuals with autism/Asperger's Syndrome, these students go unnoticed by their professors until their sensory, social, learning styles and organizational challenges combined with fatigue cause them to fail. Many students affected by autism spectrum disorders never finish college. Much more needs to be done to assist these individuals who have the potential to graduate from college but often fail because their needs are unidentified and their talents are under-supported.
USAAA, through the USCAP initiative, is creating an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to have a successful college experience and to be prepared for post collegiate transitions.
Support & Goals
To assist this rising population, US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) formed the US College Autism Project (USCAP) in August of 2010. Marlo Payne Thurman, ABD, was appointed director for the USCAP initiative and has formulated both the mission and vision for the project. Committed to sharing information, connecting resources, providing training, and facilitating consultation and advocacy services to meet the needs of college students on the autism spectrum, USCAP listed its future¬†goals.¬†Learn More.
Learn more about the USCAP uniquely tailored¬†Curriculum¬†where students on the spectrum come together with college staff, faculty, interested students, and supporting outside resources to not only learn more about all areas of the autism spectrum, but also to be able to implement a program that will ultimately create an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to have a successful college and transition to work experience. The curriculum also includes a program designed for students who are¬†siblings, classmates, friends, or significant others¬†to those individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders.¬†Learn More.
USCAP Networks & Connections
Visit the¬†College Connections¬†link. USAAA boasts a proud network of speakers, staff, and board members that are highly trained in the field of autism and many hold faculty positions in college and universities across the US.¬†Learn More.
College Affiliations and Referrals
The USCAP program bridges services between autism support experts, colleges or universities, and individuals on the spectrum through the recognition of a "recommended by"¬†USAAA referral network. The network is continuously being developed.¬†Learn More.