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There’s no one right way to do life after high school. Teens with Asperger profiles have variable degrees of readiness for post-graduate education; luckily there are a variety of post-secondary programs to choose from. We can help you determine your teen’s strengths and needs, and make decisions as a family. We can also help you prepare your teen for the educational, executive functioning, and social challenges that lie ahead.

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Employment and Asperger Syndrome

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  Inadequate vocational services Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with autism obtaining and maintaining employment can present some unique challenges. Unfortunately, despite the... more

Finding the Right Dorm

11/02/2021
I lay down in my bed on a warm Saturday night, groaning as I heard the cheers from outside begin. I was in a single in a dorm on the far edge of campus. I had purposely chosen this dorm above some others as I had heard it wasn’t a “party dorm,” however, I soon learned this wasn’t the case.... more

Tips for Accused Students After a Campus Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Proceeding

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**The following is the fifth in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** This article is primarily intended for a student who has been found responsible for campus sexual misconduct... more

Tips if You are Accused of Campus Sexual Misconduct

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**The following is the third in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips for navigating the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** If you are accused of campus sexual misconduct, you will most likely be referred to as "the... more

Tips on What to Do if You Believe You Have Been a Victim of Campus…

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**This article  is the second in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation's colleges.**  The first article, Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies, discussed best practices that... more

Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies

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** The following is the first in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation’s colleges. ** If you are presently a student at a college or university, it is likely that you have heard discussions about... more

Good Connections: The AS Student’s Guide to the College Social Scene

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Dorms, parties, cute girls, hot guys, roommates, new friends—let’s face it, college life is, in large part, about the social scene. Finally, you’ll be able to come and go as you please. Your parents won’t be there reminding you to study, brush your teeth, eat your vegetables, etc. And you won’t have a curfew. Moreover, college is... more

A Parent’s Perspective on College

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Hello. I appreciate the opportunity to talk today and share some of my experience about the college transition process as well as some lessons learned along the way. I guess I should say here at the outset that I am not just an AANE employee but I am also a satisfied customer with a 20 year old son with AS. My son, Scott, is a junior at... more

Rethinking College

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Which colleges work well for kids with AS? How do I help my child transition successfully to college? These are the questions most parents ask as a child with AS nears high school graduation. As the mom of a recent high school graduate, I wanted to share my recently developed perspective on college with other parents as they consider what the... more

Requesting a Single Room for a College Student with Asperger Syndrome

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Please feel free to adapt the following sample letter to your son or daughter's individual situation and needs. Month ##, 2011 Office of Residential Life and Housing LIFE University 950 Main Street Collegetown MA 01610-1477 Re: Housing request for College Student College Student is a current patient with a diagnosis of Asperger... more

Tips for Success at College

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Why go to college? A high school student once told me that the reason he wanted to go to college was “You know, to learn stuff.” Like many students, this young man assumed that attending college is what one does after high school. Then (as the story typically continues), one either goes to medical, law, or business school, or one gets a job... more

Two Perspectives on College

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When a student with AS goes off to college, it can be a huge challenge for the parent as well. Below, one student and her mother share with us their differing experiences of her freshman year. Notes by Brianna Minks, College Student When I first went into college, I signed up for my school's disabled student services. My mother and I both... more

Asperger U! Tips for Aspie Success in College

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We are entering a new era! As the generation of children diagnosed in the late 1990’s comes of age, following the 1994 entry of Asperger’s Syndrome into the DSM-IV, more Aspies than ever are off to college. (“Aspie” is a name coined by adults with AS who are active in the Asperger Pride movement.) Of course we all know there has always... more

How Parent Coaching Helped My Family: Ross Kramer

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Ross Kramer talks about his experience with parent... more

Transition in Action Series: Getting Transition Assessments & Using them for Goals and Services

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Learn about what types of transition assessments can help you build an effective transition... more