The non-profit organization, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. As part of ASAN’s work to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of their lives ASAN has available in their resource library, a handbook for college students. Navigating College.
Written by autistic adults for college students with autism, this handbook contains five topical chapters: Accommodations, Housing, Health and Safety, Advocacy, and Social Issues.
Each chapter contains several essays covering some aspect of the topic. There are 17 essays total. The introduction is written by Ari Ne’eman, president of ASAN. The introduction, written by Jim Sinclair provides an overview of the ADA.
Samantha April Davis in a brief two-paragraph piece preceding the essays reminds has this reminder for students.
You’re a college student now. Things are different fromwhat you are used to. A lot is being asked of you and it’snot always easy meeting expectations. Nobody said itwas going to be easy. You might have a bit of troublealong the way. You might struggle. A lot of peoplestruggle. You might have to ask for help. You might haveto ask even when you feel that you shouldn’t have to.You’re in college now. Remember one thing: You made itto college because you have potential. You are in collegebecause you demonstrated capability to get here. If youare struggling now, it is because you are able and, whileyour needs may be different or beyond that of thetypical college student, you are capable of meetingthose challenges given proper support.
This is a good reminder for all students.