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. (Colleges/programs are listed alphabetically)

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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 (Thames, 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 students with learning disabilities

Beacon College (Leesburg, FL)
Features Navigator PREP program which focuses on developing skills for college readiness up to 9 months prior to matriculation.
Landmark College (Putney, VT)
Features online class enrollment options and an athletics program.

Four-year university with built-in ASD program

There are many more universities offering these programs around the country. The list below reflects program we have a connection to, either through former campers or colleagues.
Adelphi University: Bridges Program (Garden City, NY)
Edinboro University: Boro Autism Support Initiative For Success (Edinboro, PA)
Marquette University: On Your Marq (Milwaukee, WI)
Marshall University: The College Program for Students with ASD (Huntington, WV)
Mercyhurst College: Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) (Erie, PA)
Rochester Institute of Technology: Spectrum Support Program (Rochester, NY)
St. Joseph’s University: The Kinney Center (Philadelphia, PA)
St. Norbert College: ASD Support Program (De Pere, WI)
UCONN: Beyond Access (Storrs, CT)

Four-year university without built-in ASD 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 colleges listed below are particularly friendly for college students with ASD/LD and in some cases have specific learning support programs students can apply into.
Curry College (Milton, MA)
Dean College (Franklin, MA)
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
McDaniel College (Westminister, MD)
Mitchell College (New London, CT)