Post-Secondary Education and Asperger’s Syndrome

Many individuals with Asperger’s syndrome are able to continue their education by attending college or trade schools. This also provides an opportunity to further social interaction, particularly in areas where the individual has key interests. Be sure that the institution offers training or classes of interest to the individual. Find out what accommodations are available to address his or her special needs.

Work with your young adult in selecting classes that take advantage of his or her strengths. It is important to begin to prepare this student for the experience of post secondary education while still in high school. The absence of an IEP, and Special Education services and the need to function with a greater degree of independence while navigating a new social setting pose challenges for the student and his or her family that need to be addressed by the school and family.

Source: Vincent Varrassi