The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum
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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.
MEET THE AUTHORS
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.
Jane Thierfeld Brown,
EdD, is director of student services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in disability services for 33 years. Thierfeld Brown is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study in their adult clinic. She consults with many institutions of higher education, as well as with parents and students on issues of autism spectrum disorders in her role as Co-Director of College Autism Spectrum. She co-authored Students With Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel and The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Thierfeld Brown has three children, the youngest of whom is a 20-year-old son on the spectrum.
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 disorders.