Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults

27 Oct

ASAN have launched a project on navigating college. This includes a website, and a book “Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults” (available for download from the website, and in print from the New Hampshire University Institute on Disability bookstore.

Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you.

Maybe you’re worried about getting accommodations, getting places on time, or dealing with sensory issues in a new environment. Maybe you could use some advice on how to stay healthy at school, handle dating and relationships, or talk to your friends and classmates about your disability. Maybe you want to talk to someone who’s already dealt with these issues. That’s where we come in.

Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. But since we can’t teleport, and some of us have trouble meeting new people, this book is the next best thing.

ASAN was able to get you this book with the help of some other organizations. The Navigating College Handbook was developed in collaboration with Autism NOW, and with funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is helping us with distribution. We’re really grateful for all of their help in getting this book out.

Good luck, and happy reading! We hope it helps.

ASAN have a Facebook page, Navigating College. They are looking for feedback. From the ASAN Facebook page:

ASAN is looking for high school and college students on the spectrum to give feedback on our new Navigating College handbook, now available for free download. If you’re interested, write us at or comment on this post. If we use your feedback as part of our website, we’ll mail you a free hard copy of the handbook for you to enjoy!

One Response to “Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults”


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    […] Advocacy Network,” wrote a handbook for autistic students written by autistic adults called “Navigating College,” that helps autistic students adjust and transition to college life, but […]

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