RIT is a reach, but I wouldn’t rule it out. The selectivity varies quite a bit by major/program, and you aren’t looking to apply for computer science. Also, being URM will help. It’s definitely not a sure thing (especially given that they’re need-aware and you need a lot of aid) but there would be no harm in applying if the NPC suggests that it would be affordable. Same with Syracuse.
Earlham could be worth a look. It’s a small liberal arts college with a large endowment and a strong commitment to racial and economic diversity. Its Quaker lineage informs a very supportive and accepting culture. Anecdotally, I have heard of neurodiverse students who have had good experiences there. They have a student-run farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture, and offer an “applied minor” (includes co-curricular activities as well as academics) in sustainable agriculture which pairs well with various bio or enviro science oriented majors. Earlham’s turnaround in terms of admissions decisions is very quick, so if you apply early, you could have an acceptance in your pocket early in the admissions process, which could be a great stress-reliever. I feel pretty optimistic that you’d be accepted and get a good financial aid package.
Allegheny College is another smaller school that could offer a good fit and give you the financial support you need. Environmental majors are a particular strength there.
Earlham and Allegheny both make this list: Colleges for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Friendly Ones | CollegeXpress There’s also a “very friendly” list but few of those would be affordable for you. One to look at would be Pace, which has campuses both in NYC and in Westchester County. Their ASD program is pricey but again, you might be able to get that paid for through voc rehab, if you could get enough aid to make the school itself affordable. I’m just not sure whether Pace is sufficiently generous with aid.
Others from the “friendly” list that might work aid-wise (not guaranteed, but need-based aid combining with merit to cover your full documented need would be within the realm of possibility) include McDaniel and Ursinus, as well as Clark which has been mentioned already.
An out-of-the-box possibility from that list is the University of the Ozarks, which admits only low-income students, provides full tuition scholarships to all admitted students and has strong ASD support https://ozarks.edu/academics/jones-learning-center/ . It’s very competitive to get in (14% acceptance rate) but not in a lower-stats-need-not-apply kind of way; your stats are well in range. If the school’s Christian orientation would work for you, it could be worth applying. Admissions & Enrollment Requirements | College of the Ozarks Berea College is another school that’s for low income students only and meets full need through a combination of grants and an on-campus work program in which all students participate. About Disability & Accessibility Services - Disability and Accessibility Services Berea is also Christian but not as overtly religious as U of the Ozarks.
Warren Wilson in NC is another college with a work program. It’s not tuition-free for all like Berea, but it has scholarships for which you could qualify Milepost One: A Free Tuition Program - Warren Wilson College It’s extremely environmentally oriented and hands-on, which it sounds like you might enjoy. Majors include conservation biology, ecological forestry, and sustainable agriculture, in addition to the typical bio/biochem/etc.Academic Support - Warren Wilson College
NC A&T is a great idea too.
I think a general question to be thinking about is the extent to which you feel the need for a cohort of peers - both racially and in terms of neurodiversity, vs. being comfortable with that part of your identity being underrepresented as long as you feel welcomed/supported.