Powerful Pairings: 1) Implementing UDL Best Practices for Faculty and Staff on your Campus to Support a Neurodiverse Community; 2) Why Post-Secondary Transition Programs Are Important To Helping ASD Students Find Lasting Success in College, Careers, and Independent Living

Student Life Center

1) Universal Design for Learning (UDL), introduced into pedagogy in the 1990s, has been more easily embraced in the K-12 setting. Colleges and universities are beginning to implement UDL, but inconsistently, as instructors feel ill-equipped in their ability to incorporate best practices into their pedagogy. Over the next decade, campuses across the country will see a sharp increase in the number of students on the Autism Spectrum entering higher education institutions in need of more intensive supports and accommodations. Instructors at campuses across the country are expressing concern over this increase in requested accommodations and support for this and other populations of students with disabilities. This session will give instructors tools to create accessible learning environments for all students, not just students with disabilities.

2) The College Internship Program, one of the world’s most comprehensive post-secondary transition programs, is entering its 35th year of assisting young adults with learning differences succeed in college, employment and independent living. This presentation will focus on the importance of post-secondary transition programs for college-bound ASD students and the role they play in not only the transition to college but also adulthood. We will explore CIP’s proven curriculum and strategies, discuss practical ways to keep parent’s expectations aligned with their student’s abilities, identify how to collaborate with campus personnel without over-stepping, and have an open dialogue about typical challenges students face when first beginning a structured transition program, and identify their motivators and how to use them to your advantage. Participants will gain resources from our CIP curriculum that can be formatted to support students in any post-secondary transition program.

Breakout Session D