Post-Secondary Education for Adults with Autism

Post-Secondary Education for Adults with Autism

Young Adults

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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Our guide includes valuable resources for students with disabilities, such as:

  • A curated list of more than 85 disability-specific scholarships
  • Strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources
  • An overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options

Autismerica at College of Dupage

Michael Duggan
Counselor/Professor
(630) 942-2845

Sheryl Ebersold
Accommodations Specialist
(630) 942-3798

Autismerica is a student organization for students on the autism spectrum to better educate themselves about COD and socialize with one another in a safe and supportive environment. Parents are also provided a separate meeting opportunity. Meetings for the Spring semester are held on the second Thursday of each month.


Casa de Amma

27231 Calle Arroyo
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 496-9001

Casa de Amma nurtures the abilities and independence of adults with special needs. We provide a broad spectrum of vocational, residential, educational and social opportunities in a responsive and caring environment.


Choices

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
Phone: (812) 323-0600, ext. 16
Monroe County
Email: lmangrum@bloomingtoncenter.net

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)


College Living Experience (CLE)

info@ExperienceCLE.co
866-376-4783

With 6 locations across the United States, CLE Centers can be found in Ft. Lauderdale FL, Washington D.C, Austin TX, Denver CO, Costa Mesa CA, and Monterey CA. Each Center location is situated near area colleges and vocational programs so students have easy access to CLE support services while they pursue their degree, college or career of interest.


Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: Rights, Resources and Accredited Online Schools

This guide helps students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights when it comes to post-secondary education. In addition to outlining laws and regulations that apply specifically to students with disabilities, our guide offers tips and information about finding a college or university that best suits a student’s needs.


Disability.gov - 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
Phone; (630) 617-3309
Email: ahlbergt@elmhurst.edu

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.


Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

From the most important federal financial aid information to helpful deals to free stuff, this list of discounts for disabled students will help take the focus off bank accounts and back onto studies.


Foundation for Independent Living

1367 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, Florida 33063
Phone: (954)-968-6472
Email: info@filinc.org

The Foundation for Independent Living is a private, not-for-profit, community-based program for adults with varying cognitive disabilities and developmental delays.


Have Dreams

Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org
 

Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.


Independence Center 

3640 S. Sepulveda Blvd #102
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: (310) 202-7102

Independence Center is a nonprofit transitional mainstreamed residential program that is dedicated to developing the full potential of young adults (aged 18-30) with special needs.


JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA member
1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 940-8090
Email: jill@jjb-edconsultants.com

Specializing in post-secondary placements for students with autism.


Lewis and Clark Community College

Supported College Transition
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
618.468.4127
rellington@lc.edu

The Supported College Transition Program (SCT) was designed for students with little mainstreaming experience in high school and the academic preparation that indicates that they can be successful in smaller sections of college developmental courses with the additional support provided by a Transitions class. Students have career goals that require college credentials.


Minnesota Life College

7501 Logan Ave S.  STE 2A
Richfield, MN 55423
Phone: (612) 869-4008

Minnesota Life College (MLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


nAblement

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
email: gwalsh@ndc.edu

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.


PACE at National Louis University

122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 261-3770
Email: paceprogram@nl.edu

PACE 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.


Options for College Success

Shoshana Axler, Director of Admissions
1515 Maple Avenue Suite 190
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone: (847) 425-4797, ext. 201
Email: snaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org

Options for College Success is a non-profit organization serving individuals 18 and older, with a mission to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to transition into living and working independently.


Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

OAR accepts applications on an annual basis for the 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 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.


Riverview School

551 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537
Phone: (508) 888-0489
Email: admissions@riverviewschool.org

Riverview School’s Post-High School Transition Program for young adults, ages 17–22, is called GROW—Getting Ready for the Outside World.


ScenicView Academy

5455 N. River Run Drive
Provo, UT 84604
Phone: (801) 226-2550
Email: info@svacademy.org

ScenicView Academy is a Nonprofit School for Young Adults with Autism & Learning Disabilities.


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.


Turning Pointe Career College

Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-615-6032 
Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org

The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.

Ages: 18 and up

Adults

Choices

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
Phone: (812) 323-0600, ext. 16
Monroe County
Email: lmangrum@bloomingtoncenter.net

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)


Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: Rights, Resources and Accredited Online Schools

This guide helps students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights when it comes to post-secondary education. In addition to outlining laws and regulations that apply specifically to students with disabilities, our guide offers tips and information about finding a college or university that best suits a student’s needs.


Disability.gov - 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
Phone; (630) 617-3309
Email: ahlbergt@elmhurst.edu

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

Autism Services Program
4919 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 346-6230 or (773) 987-3458 (Linda Vero)
email: lvero@chgoarc.org

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: vocational training, functional curriculum, multimodal communication strategies, individualized schedules/routines, daily exercise program, positive behavioral supports and structure and consistency.

Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: Private pay or accepts Medicaid Waiver Program.


Have Dreams

Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-905-0702
Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org
 

Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.


10 Impressive Special College Programs for Students With Autism (Post-Secondary Education for Adults)


JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA member
1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 940-8090
Email: jill@jjb-edconsultants.com

Specializing in post-secondary placements for students with autism.


Lewis and Clark Community College

Supported College Transition
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
618.468.4127
rellington@lc.edu

The Supported College Transition Program (SCT) was designed for students with little mainstreaming experience in high school and the academic preparation that indicates that they can be successful in smaller sections of college developmental courses with the additional support provided by a Transitions class. Students have career goals that require college credentials.


nAblement

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
email: gwalsh@ndc.edu

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.


PACE at National Louis University

122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 261-3770
Email: paceprogram@nl.edu

PACE 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.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office:
7521 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 
12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.


Options for College Success

Shoshana Axler, Director of Admissions
1515 Maple Avenue Suite 190
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone: (847) 425-4797, ext. 201
Email: snaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org

Options for College Success is a non-profit organization serving individuals 18 and older, with a mission to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to transition into living and working independently.


Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

OAR accepts applications on an annual basis for the 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 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.


Turning Pointe Career College

Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-615-6032 
Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org

The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum. Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.

Ages: 18 and up