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Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

Based on the film, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE, this website is filled with content to help you deal with going to college: how to choose a college, how to get help, and how to help yourself.

the podcast series

the podcast series

Listen in to find out how neurodiverse students are managing at college, sometimes charting their own paths, taking creative approaches, and making it work!

Listen in to find out how neurodiverse students are managing at college, sometimes charting their own paths, taking creative approaches, and making it work!

Produced by Jesús Alvarado, Jody Becker & Erik Linthorst

Produced by Jesús Alvarado, Jody Becker & Erik Linthorst

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PODCAST EPISODE 14:

Grad school & community advocacy

Ben VanHook is a graduate student at George Mason University, studying public policy. He also works in Washington, D.C. as a Programs and Outreach Associate at the Organization for Autism Research, and as the first autistic student representative to the American Psychological Association. In this episode, Ben talks about how his self-advocacy grew into community advocacy, as he navigated his way to and from a high school that could support him; finding an undergraduate program that was a great fit for him at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA., and now, on to graduate school. Finding his own way prompted Ben to think about how he could help others find what works best for them, too. Ben also explains his work on autism appreciation -- not just autism awareness and acceptance of autistic people-- because he believes neurodiversity offers more in every setting.

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PODCAST EPISODE 13:

Using campus career services to jumpstart the job search

Jasmine B is looking forward to graduating in May from UC Riverside with a degree in environmental engineering. What she’s not looking forward to is job hunting. For the past five years, she’s been working at a fast-food restaurant to help pay for college, so she has plenty of work experience, but not in her chosen field. Jasmine says her college’s career services advisors have been super helpful and had good news for her: the soft skills she already has in customer service will look good to employers. And she got a lot of help polishing her resume to highlight all she has to offer. Hear Jasmine talk about those resume hacks, her final semesters, and getting ready for the road ahead.

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PODCAST EPISODE 12:

Freshman year, 2,719 miles from home. All is well.

Peri A. had to persuade her parents that she’d be just fine if she chose a college far from home. She grew up and went to high school in L.A. But Hamilton College in upstate New York had everything she was looking for – a small school with a strong liberal arts program, accommodations for students on the spectrum, and a sense of community that she loved when she visited. Peri was able to convince her parents that with an aunt and uncle in NYC, she’d have family support near enough if she needed it. Now she’s in her second semester, taking classes in Symbolic and Quantitative Reasoning, Spanish literature, a course in Mythology, and a poetry class. And Peri’s looking forward to a summer internship. She lives in a dorm, in a “split single” room, so she has the space and privacy she craves after long days in class and clubs full of stimulation. Peri also has something to say about the chocolate milk in the dining hall. You’ll want to hear it.

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“The best way to learn is just from going out and doing something—talking to people, being a part of of an organization, or going to events. It’s not always going to be easy, but the only way to get better at anything is to keep doing it— and have experiences.”

“The best way to learn is just from going out and doing something—talking to people, being a part of of an organization, or going to events. It’s not always going to be easy, but the only way to get better at anything is to keep doing it— and have experiences.”

—James 

—James 

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PODCAST EPISODE 11:

coaching from the sidelines

Parents of students on the spectrum are often very involved because that is the only way to make sure school works for your child. Jackie Lorrainne began navigating her son James' school experiences as soon as he was diagnosed in elementary school, and all the way through his college graduation coming up in May of 2022 from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Along the way she found James a therapeutic middle school and high school, she compromised with him about college choices, and, coached him over the phone about his dorm situation once he got there and eventually decided to transfer to a different university.

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“Once you find a routine where you can get your work done but also not overwhelm yourself—that makes all the difference. It really made all the difference for me.”

“Once you find a routine where you can get your work done but also not overwhelm yourself—that makes all the difference. It really made all the difference for me.”

—James 

—James 

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PODCAST EPISODE 10:

Plan B was better

James T. had his heart set on attending an historically black college (HBCU). But the dorm set-up and social scene proved challenging. So for the second semester of his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He thrived there, socially and academically. He says he "found a home": had an easier time in the dorms with a single room, and participated in a selective internship program. James is now a senior, on track to graduate in the spring. But early on, he bypassed asking for some of the accommodations he was entitled to. James explains how being on the spectrum can make that complicated, and talks about how colleges are figuring it out.

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“WHEN PROFESSORS ARE HELPFUL, IT REALLY HELPS.”

In this episode, Caroline talks with one of her professors at Cal State Fullerton, JudelMay Enriquez, about the ways they worked together. Caroline was struggling in a methods and research class. Even with accommodations, she found she got more support by visiting her professor during office hours to let her get to know her, and her learning style better. She also picked up strategies for keeping up in the course. They also discuss how professors can reach out to students on the spectrum who may benefit from academic support.

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“If you have a good relationship with your professors, you can show them that you actually give a crap about the class they’re teaching. They might even be willing to bend some rules for you if you’re in trouble.”

“If you have a good relationship with your professors, you can show them that you actually give a crap about the class they’re teaching. They might even be willing to bend some rules for you if you’re in trouble.”

—Tony 

—Tony 

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PODCAST EPISODE 8:

so far, so good

Tony Y. is three weeks into his freshman year at the University of Oregon, and so far he loves the vibe in Eugene, the great food in town, and his first-quarter classes: The Politics of Business, algebra, trumpet studio, and he's in the marching band. Hear more about how Tony is settling in, his unique living arrangement, and his advice on how to talk to professors. Another hack: Get a Safeway card, don't DoorDash every meal.

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PODCAST EPISODE 7:

inclusive college opportunities

Many colleges and universities are opening up more offerings for students on the spectrum who are seeking a college experience without pursuing a degree. These certificate programs are often a good fit for students who are curious about a range of subjects, seek social settings, and want to gain independent living skills but may have intellectual disabilities or other challenges. In this episode, we hear from Charlie who is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Jessica Keefhaver who runs the Path to Independence project there.

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PODCAST EPISODE 6:

choosing the right college

Choosing the right school can require lots of research, especially when you're on the Spectrum. It's not just finding a college with majors you are interested in, but also figuring out which schools have support services and programs that match your needs. Eric Endlich has created a huge database on his website that lays it all out. He also advises students privately in his college counseling business that he founded because he saw too many students on the spectrum going off to college and having a hard time. He thought he could help, and now he's switched his focus from psychotherapy to college admissions. Hear what he has to say about the range of options out there, and how to choose a college.

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PODCAST EPISODE 5:

this is hard

Guillermo Guzman says he was never one of the most popular kids in high school, but he was one of the smartest. When he gets to UCRiverside, he feels like he's pretty average. He struggles socially and academically. Finding it hard to connect with classmates, he broke down and joined the anime club. And then there was an incident that changed everything.

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PODCAST EPISODE 4:

slow and steady towards a 4-year degree

Caroline spent a little over 8 years at community college. She wanted to pass her classes without feeling overwhelmed, and, she did it. Then she transferred to Cal State Fullerton and earned her B.S. in Health Science after four more years. Finding the right major and career path was a process that might seem too slow to some students (and their parents) but Caroline was determined to make her own choices along the way, and she has no regrets. As a self-advocate, she joined the Cal State Fullerton Student Disability Advisory Committee to make sure all neurodiverse students are supported, and feel empowered to make college life choices.

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PODCAST EPISODE 3:

facing challenges and studying abroad

Aniella Fields had the grades, but she was very hesitant about going to college. Her parents told her she had to give it a try. She was accepted to UC Riverside and moved into a dorm her first semester. Then she struggled a bit as a sophomore and decided to disclose her diagnosis. She also changed majors, got involved with TEDx and other extracurricular activities, and ultimately did well enough to graduate in three years. Plus, hear all about her time in Japan. She loved it.

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PODCAST EPISODE 2:

college during covid

Jasmine Board is a junior at UC Riverside. She was on campus for a quarter when COVID hit, but she says it turns out online school is great for her. She doesn’t need a note taker now because she can listen to the posted lectures at any speed she wants, as many times as she wants. Jasmine also talks about wishing she hadn’t hesitated to transfer to a four year university, finding her passion in the environmental sciences, making friends, and more: being selected for a NASA internship, her job, her boyfriend, and mountain biking.

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from community college to cal state long beach

Jonathan Martin recently graduated! He talks about his trek through college, shares why he started out at community college, how he picked the right university and describes his ups and downs with dorm life once he got there. Plus, why he's now learning to drive, where he's working now and how he plans to break into the animation business.

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THE PODCAST SERIES

See the full list of episodes of our Anthem Award-winning Podcast here.

EPISODE 9: WHEN PROFESSORS ARE HELPFUL, IT REALLY HELPS

In this episode, Caroline talks with one of her professors at Cal State Fullerton, JudelMay Enriquez, about the ways they worked together.

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It is estimated that 2% of US college students have autism. With a combined 20 million public and private college students nationwide, it is estimated that over 400,000 students attending college in the US have autism. That number is steadily rising.

It is estimated that 2% of US college students have autism. With a combined 20 million public and private college students nationwide, it is estimated that over 400,000 students attending college in the US have autism. That number is steadily rising.

It is estimated that 2% of US college students have autism. With a combined 20 million public and private college students nationwide, it is estimated that over 400,000 students attending college in the US have autism. That number is steadily rising.