College Programs for Asperger’s & NLD

Many families ask us for help identifying college programs for their students after attending Akeela’s summer college transition program for high school students with Asperger’s and learning differences (NLD). Below is a list of programs, categorized by type, that Beyond Akeela teens have found success in after a summer of college transition skill building.

College Transition Program

College Internship Program (CIP) (Five nationwide locations)
A one-year transition program that provides support for academics, executive function, independent living skills, career training opportunities, and social skills, all while students are attending classes at local four year and community colleges.

College Living Experience (CLE) (Six nationwide locations)
An individualized transition program that assists students with their transition to college, career, and independent living. Students live in apartments with CLE staff support.

Mansfield Hall (Three nationwide locations)
Students attend classes at local colleges (four year or community) and live in a staffed Mansfield Hall apartment while receiving support for social development, executive functioning, and independent living skills.

Minnesota Independence College & Community (MICC) (Richfield, MN)
Students have options as they prepare to live independently while beginning their career or college education. MICC students live on campus with staff support and take classes within their program that focus on independent living, social and emotional well-being, and career advancement.

Options for College Success (Evanston, IL)
Students create individualized support plans through Options for College Success while taking college courses independently at nearby colleges. Support for students is available for social skills, career development, academics, and independently living skills.

Thames at Mitchell College (Mystic, CT)
Students accepted to Thames experience a one-year transition program in which they work toward 15 hours of college credit and become matriculated Mitchell College students upon completion of the program. Thames provides, social, executive function, and academic support for its students.

Two and Four-year university programs designed for LD students

Landmark College (Putney, VT)
Features online class enrollment options and an athletics program.

Beacon College (Leesburg, FL)
Features Navigator PREP program which focuses on developing skills for college readiness up to 9 months prior to matriculation.

Four-year university with built-in ASD/LD program

Bridges Program at Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
Elmhurst Learning & Success Academy (Elmhurst, IL)
The Kinney Center at St. Josephs University (Philadelphia, PA)
SALT at University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Spectrum Support at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
St. Norbert College ASD Support Program (De Pere, WI)
Marshall University: The College Program for Students with ASD (Huntington, WV)
Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) (Erie, PA)

Four-year university without built-in ASD/LD program

There are thousands of universities that fall in this category, and all are required to have a disability services group that provides accommodations of varying levels. The programs listed below are particularly friendly for college students with ASD/LD.
Curry College (Milton, MA)
Dean College (Franklin, MA)
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)