Article on Asperger's/Autism in College

<p>Crossposting in Parents' Forum, too.</p>

<p>(AP) -- When Dan Hackett started college, he didn't make the grades he knew he could.</p>

<p>Colleges are aware that that students with autism-like disorders face new challenges on campus.</p>

<p>Hackett, who has Asperger's syndrome, found at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh that some of his symptoms were holding him back. He had difficulty organizing his time and managing assignments.</p>

<p>"I always knew I could do better," said Hackett.</p>

<p>His parents tried to help, but he wasn't comfortable with them intervening at college. He was relieved to discover Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities, a group that helps college students like him....</p>

<p>Families looking for the right college for autistic kids should ask whether a school has a counselor who specializes in autism, if professors receive training about it, and what academic accommodations, such as additional time for taking tests, can be made, experts said. Students also should inquire about social opportunities: Does the school have an autism organization for students? Would the university help find a peer mentor?"
Living</a> with autism in college -</p>