Autism

According to a 2014 report by the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, more highly functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are attending college than ever before, leading to a greater understanding and set of resources to help each succeed. Many individuals with ASD have been successful in postsecondary education; notable graduates include Temple Grandin and Tom Dickson.

With ever-expanding research on ASD, many questions still exist. Some of the top areas of interest are given below, with links to research on the question at hand.
What exactly is autism?

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has a list of common characteristics, along with symptoms.
How many people does autism affect throughout the nation?
Data and statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder are available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is the autism spectrum?

WebMD has a comprehensive list of disorders included within the autism spectrum.
How can students with autism best prepare for college?

Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute provides a snapshot of Zoe Gross, a Vassar student with autism who is excelling in her education.
What are some of the best resources available to students with autism seeking postsecondary education?

Autism Speaks

Check out Autism Speak’s comprehensive list of colleges, scholarships and organizations devoted to helping students achieve success.

Autism Speaks Again!

Check out Autism Speak’s comprehensive list of colleges, scholarships and organizations devoted to helping students achieve success.

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Autism Speaks has a list of common characteristics, along with symptoms.

Learning Disabilities

As defined by the Learning Disabilities Association of America, learning disabilities are “neurologically-based processing problems” that typically interfere with skills such as reading, writing or math. Common types of learning disabilities include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia or auditory processing disorder. In 2014, the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that 54 percent of high school students with learning disabilities hope to attend a two or four-year college, while 43 percent plan to attend a vocational training program. There are many recognizable names of people with learning disabilities who have achieved success in a variety of areas. Some of these include Orlando Bloom, Albert Einstein and Agatha Christie.

For students with questions about learning disabilities, the section below provides answers and valuable resources.
How can learning disabilities be detected?

WebMD offers a comprehensive guide on how to detect various types of learning disabilities.
How do learning disabilities affect skills in reading, writing and math?

HelpGuide answers these questions and more in their guide on learning disabilities.
What are some paths to consider after high school?

Understood provides a list of educational and professional options after finishing secondary education.

Hearing Impairments

Hearing impairments are experienced by approximately 15 percent of Americans aged 18 and over, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. While in the past it may have seemed daunting to attend class as a student experiencing hearing impairment, today’s colleges are usually well-equipped to provide various assistive technologies to make learning seamless. Some of the top resources are given below. There are many notable college graduates who experienced hearing impairments, like Thomas Edison and Helen Keller.Have questions about hearing impairment? Some of the most common areas of interest are addressed below, with resources provided for each.
What types of hearing technology are available?

The Center for Hearing and Communication provides an overview of the latest technology to help those with hearing impairments.
How do I recognize hearing loss?

If students think they may be experiencing hearing impairment, use Hearing Health Foundation’s helpful list of questions to determine if action should be taken.
Are there schools available that cater to those with hearing impairments?

Gallaudet University is the only four-year liberal arts university in the world for students experiencing deafness or hardness of hearing.
How does constant exposure to loud noise affect hearing loss?
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers answers this question and provides a list of products available to help cut out loud sounds.
What if I can’t afford hearing technology?

Autism Speaks Again!

Check out Autism Speak’s comprehensive list of colleges, scholarships and organizations devoted to helping students achieve success.

Autism Speaks Again!

Check out Autism Speak’s comprehensive list of colleges, scholarships and organizations devoted to helping students achieve success.