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Post-Secondary Education for Adults With Autism

Asperger Syndrome College Resource Guide
Website provides a directory of two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and non-degree programs throughout the United States that is designed to give transition-age individuals experience living independently in preparation for (or in conjunction with) college or working.

Jill Burstein Educational Consulting, Inc.
Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA Member
30 W. St. Andrews Lane
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 940-8090
Cook County
Specializing in post secondary placements for students with autism.
Ages: 16-25
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $150 (hourly rate). Comprehensive packages available.
No wait list.

Website is designed to help students and parents navigate through the process of postsecondary planning. Provides autism spectrum information and post-secondary resources.

College Internship Program (CIP)
The Bloomington Center
Lori Mangrum, Admissions Coordinator
425 N. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 323-0600, ext. 16
Monroe County
CIP provides individualized, postsecondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's, high-functioning autism and learning differences.
Ages: 18-25
Cost: tuition and fees start from $38,500
(plus room and board, college / vocational courses). - Scholarships
Students who are planning to attend college or enroll in other postsecondary education or training have many financial aid options, including scholarships, grants and loans. Be sure to consider both public (federal, state, and local government) and private financial aid sources.

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst Life Skills Academy
Tim Ahlberg
190 Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
DuPage County
(630) 617-3309
ELSA offers an outstanding educational opportunity for young adults with developmental disabilities. This full-time, postsecondary program enables ELSA students to work productively and live as independently as possible.
Ages: 18 and up
Cost for four-year program: $26,000
Grants available each year.
No wait list.

Envision Unlimited (formerly known as CARC)
Autism Services Program
Contact: Linda Vero
4919 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 346-6230 or (773) 987-3458 (Linda Vero)
Cook County
This Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. program will be designed around the interests, strengths, and needs of program participants. Program strategies will include the following: functional curriculum, multimodal communication strategies, individualized schedules/routines, daily exercise program, positive behavioral supports and structure and consistency.
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $31.17 (half-day-three hours)
Cost: $62.34 (full day-six hours)
Accepts Medicaid Waiver Program.

10 Impressive Special College Programs for Students With Autism

Midwest Alliance
Tina Lam Rolfe
Location varies
(217) 244-1571
Internship and mentorship for students and alumni with disabilities. It is a five-year program funded by the Research in Disabilities Education program at the National Science Foundation. It aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who pursue postsecondary degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and who subsequently enter the workforce. The internship program offers participants assistance in finding appropriate placements at camps, research laboratories, and with businesses. The mentorship program matches students with disabilities at the high school or college level, including alumni, in structured, one-on-one settings focusing on self-advocacy as well as successful academic and career outcomes.
Ages: 14 and up
All participants are eligible to receive stipends of $200-$1,000.
Cost: Contact Tina Lam Rolfe to arrange an informational meeting.
No wait list.

Website of SPR Companies focused on supporting the training, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities into technology roles. nAblement fosters its own client opportunites while also collaborating closely with each of the SPR Companies three strategic companies – MPS Partners, Redpoint Technologies and Talent Acquisition Partners. Qualified candidates secure professional technology opportunities suited to their skill sets, and clients secure access to this valuable and underutilized segment of the workforce while extending their diversity profile.

National Louis University
The P.A.C.E. Program
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(224) 233-2672
Cook County
Two-year certificate program offered by the acclaimed National College of Education (NCE). Program is designed to meet the transitional needs of students with multiple learning disabilities. The success of P.A.C.E. is reflected in the success of its alumni; more than eighty percent of the graduates are employed.
Ages: 18-30
Cost: $35,000 annually (includes room/board/tuition)
No wait list.

Options for College Success
Shoshana Axler, Director of Admissions and Development
820 Davis St., Suite 455
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 425-4797
Cook County
Options for College Success is a nonprofit organization that supports postsecondary students to develop the skills, confidence and courage necessary to transition into living independently and working productively. They work with students who either attend local colleges or accept internships or a combination of both opportunities. They offer both residential and non-residential services.
Ages: 18-30
Cost: $30,000 (plus college tuition, room and board for a twelve-month year).

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
OAR will soon accept applications for the 2011 Schwallie Family Scholarship program. These scholarships are for one academic year, $3,000 each, to be applied towards tuition, books, and other expenses associated with higher learning. To be eligible, students with an established autism or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis must be accepted for enrollment or pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States during the fall 2011 semester. This can include four-year colleges or universities; two-year colleges; and trade, technical, or vocational training programs. For more information, please visit OAR’s website.

Think College Illinois
Website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois postsecondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers.

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or