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Asperger's and College Life: Great Panel at AANE yesterday

Posted Oct 03 2008 11:31am

I enjoyed participating in a panel sponsored by the Asperger's Association of New England yesterday in Watertown, near Boston.  Other panel members included parents, two college students, as well as Megan Spencer from Brown University's Counseling Center and Korrine Hertz of Middlesex Community College.  One of the parents, Gina Minks writes a blog worth checking out.

So, in addition to zipping over to Faneuil Hall in Boston with my daughter for Thai noodles, I also listened carefully to what the other panelists had to say about surviving College with Asperger's.  Here are a few critical points I picked up from others:

1. Join Clubs

2. Have a key support person

3. Make use of the College Disability office

4. Use technology (I.M.ing, texting) to keep in touch with each other (Parent and child)

5. Use social coaching

6. Use tutoring services

7. Read the book "Colleges That Change Lives" by Loren Pope to help pick a school

8. Be up-to-date with documentation about your diagnosis

9. Check with your state Rehab. services to explore financial support of college

10. Get a single room if possible

This old blogger wrote in Early 2002 about "The IEP generation growing up" and wanting to go to College.  Well here they are and it is good to see organizations like AANE tackling inherent problems and issues.

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