For many students with autism spectrum disorders getting admitted to college is the easy part. Surviving and succeeding can be quite another, as these students transition into a system that is often unprepared to receive them. Accommodating students whose disabilities very likely fall in social and self-regulatory areas is a particular challenge for disability services providers who are not used to reaching out into so many areas of student life. Based on the authors' extensive experience, this comprehensive book offers disability services professionals practical strategies for accommodating and supporting students in all phases of college life and beyond.
Major chapters address legal issues and academic accommodations; co-curricular needs and accommodations; housing and resident life; faculty issues; other partners on campus such as business and academic affairs, campus police and public safety; employment issues; working with parents, and more. Checklists, forms, and other tools help guide and structure the combined efforts to help students succeed.
This is just what we have been waiting for - a coherent and comprehensive manual for working with students with Asperger Syndrome at the college level. Packed with great ideas for promoting student growth and independence and supplemented with an excellent bibliography and appendix of useful forms and tools, this is truly a much-needed and invaluable resource for anyone interested in increasing the success rate for students with Asperger Syndrome at the college/university level. --Ellen H. Korin, MEd, author of Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual and Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual 2; consultant, coach, and adjunct faculty, Antioch University New England
Wolf, Brown, and Bork have woven their many years of professional research, direct service experience, and personal passion for students with Asperger Syndrome into this comprehensive guide. The field of higher education has long awaited a book of such breadth and depth of expertise in this area, and it will be an essential resource. --Lisa King, MEd. Higher Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Inc.
An outstanding resource, this comprehensive volume addresses the unique challenges presented by college students with Asperger Syndrome. Practical strategies are found throughout the guide, including sample forms and tools in the extensive appendices. This is a definite 'must have' for every college disabilities service provider's library. --Lori S. Shery, founder and president, ASPEN (Asperger Syndrome Education Network)
About the Author
Lorraine Wolf, Ph.D., is director of Disability Services at Boston University, where she also holds faculty appointments in psychiatry and rehabilitation sciences. With over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Wolf has published and presented extensively on issues related to students with attention and learning disorders, psychiatric disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.
Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., is director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 27 years. She consults at many higher education institutions and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on Asperger Syndrome.
G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, M.Ed., is dean and director of the Disability Resource Center, Northeastern University. Dean Bork's professional involvement in disability affairs and advocacy spans 34 years. She is a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Dean Bork has written and spoken on a wide range of disability-related topics.