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The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

NAPPA Award Winner!

The Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner!

Sending a son or daughter off to college is daunting and fear-provoking experience for most parents, but if your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the challenge is magnified many times over. Even high-functioning students with excellent academic preparation face difficulties in higher education, primarily related to communication, social skills, and sensory-based issues.

For many, the accommodations and special interventions that supported them in high school will no longer be available on a college campus. This parent-friendly book, made especially so because it is written by parents, who also are autism professionals, takes the fear and mystery out of the college experience. Learn how to select the right campus, how to work with Disability Services staff, what legal protections apply, how to prepare your son or daughter to be an effective self-advocate on campus, what assistance can be reasonably be expected from residence hall managers, faculty, and much, much more.


Ruth Kukiela Bork, MEd, is dean and director of the Disability Resource Center at Northeastern University where she also received her master's degree. Her professional involvement in disability affairs and advocacy spans 34 years. She is a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and has written and spoken on a wide range of disability-related topics. Ruth co-authored Students With Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel and The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School,  Director of College Autism Spectrum and former Director of Student  Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 38 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education.  Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News, and NPR. She has co-authored “ Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017,  “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.  Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 26-year-old son with Autism.

Lorraine Wolf, PhD, is director of Disability Services at Boston University, where she also holds faculty appointments in psychiatry and rehabilitation sciences. She received a master's degree in general psychology from New York University and a doctorate in neuropsychology from City University of New York. With more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, Lori has published and presented extensively on issues related to students with attention and learning disorders, psychiatric disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder.

ISBN: 9781934575895

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - A "must read" for parents of students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder who are considering college. Very very helpful. Thanks to the authors!
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: A. Wright - Step by step layout of things to consider. Easy read. Those topics that do not relate to us I skip. I like the way the book is laid out and it's a very easy read and listing of other resources.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: M. Embrey - Great resource--the legal section is a must for any parent looking at sending an AS student off to college and wants to maintain their IEP accommodations.
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