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Post-Secondary Education for Adults With Autism

Website is designed to help students and parents navigate through the process of post-secondary 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, post-secondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's, high-functioning autism and learning differences.
Ages: 18-25 years.
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 years 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 years 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

JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.
Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA Member
30 W. St. Andrews Lane
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 940-8090
Cook County
email: or
Specializing in post secondary placements for students with autism.
Ages: 5-25 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: hourly rate given upon request.
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.

Notre Dame College
Gretchen Walsh, M.S.Ed, director, academic support center
4545 College Road
South Euclid, OH 44121
(216) 373-5185
Students enrolled with the academic support center take the same classes and must meet the same expectations as other Notre Dame College students. Students participating in the ASC may major or minor in any of the programs offered at the college. All students with the ASC participate in an orientation program seperate from Notre Dame College to assist them in their transition to college. The year ends with a recognition day for the academic support center students, parents and faculty. Application requirements: to participate in the academic support center you must be a full-time traditional student, and you must submit documentation of a learning disability, along with a completed application. Services offered based on individual documentation include: note-taking assistance, extended time for completing tests, alternative format for taking tests, books on audio format, use of a scribe, distraction free environment and taping of class lectures.

P.A.C.E. at National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 261-3770
Cook County
P.A.C.E. at NLU is a three-year post-secondary program which is designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities. P.A.C.E. is one of the leading residential-based programs in the country that integrates employment preparation, independent living skills coaching, functional academic courses and social development into a curriculum that prepares students for independent living through experiential learning.
Ages: 18-28 years.
Cost: $40,500 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, x. 201
Cook County
Options for College Success is a nonprofit organization that works individually with postsecondary students to equip them with the skills needed to develop the confidence and courage necessary to transition into living independently and working productively. The program focuses on the following areas: academic/career, independent living skills, finance management, social skills and activities. Services are offered as residential or day student basis. Students may also access our services if attending and living at local colleges or universities. 
Ages: 18-30 years.
Residential cost: $41,400 (plus college tuition, room and board for a twelve-month year).
Cost of student day services vary based on services provided.

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