The Autism Spectrum Navigators program at Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA), has as its mission, the provision of access services for autistic students that lead to successful academic outcomes while providing educational opportunities that increase self-knowledge in the areas of executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction, self-advocacy and career preparation.
The Navigator’s program has developed the following resource: Autism in College Students Fact Sheet
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Amanda Morin, writing for Understood, prepared a helpful checklist discussing assistive technology (AT). Morin says that high school students who used AT during high school, should ask questions during college visits about what AT services are available on campus. Morin’s list of questions is reproduced below.
Assistive Technology Policies
- What’s the name of the office of disability support services at this college?
- Is a specific person responsible for dealing with AT for students with issues like mine?
- What’s required to be eligible for AT accommodations at this college?
- What documentation do you need and when? Who should get it?
- Will I need to describe how AT devices have aided me in the past?
- Will you need me to provide an explanation of how AT will help me complete required coursework at college?
- Does approval to use AT resources require reauthorization? How often?
- Who on campus can help me figure out what AT tools I qualify to use? How quickly can I expect to get them?
- Does this college allow use of AT tools for exams?
- If so, do students need to take exams in an AT lab or other setting, or can the exams be taken in the classroom?
- Would I need to make special proctoring arrangements for exams that are taken with AT assistance?
- Will the office of disability services make or help make those arrangements for me?
- Will the college make print materials available to me in electronic format, audio tape, or large print?
- If I use screen-reading software, is the college web content compatible with my software? (For example, course registration software, library databases, class discussion boards and notes.)
- How do I let my professors know about my AT accommodations?
- Who should my professors talk to if they have questions?
- Who coordinates AT accommodations (during lectures, while doing assignments, and taking tests) between the professor and the disability office?
Access to Assistive Technology
- Are there accessible computer stations and AT devices in areas on campus other than the AT labs (such as in dorms or libraries)?
- Will I be able to borrow equipment from an AT lab on campus?
- How many AT labs are there?
- Are AT tools available 24 hours a day and on weekends?
- Do students need to sign up for time slots in advance?
- What specific resources do AT labs on campus provide? (Make sure to ask specifically about what you need and software that is compatible with your devices.)
- What type of training is provided for certain AT tools?
- Are manuals or online tutorials available?
- If I want to ask questions of other students who are using AT tools, will somebody be able to put me in touch?
- Does the school maintain, update and repair its AT equipment regularly?
- If something goes wrong, how quickly is it fixed?
- Will the college order and pay for AT devices that I need that are not already available?
- Who can help me if I have a problem accessing school-related information and materials?
Amanda Morin is a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. The original of this post may be found at Checklist: What to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology