In continuing this series of blog posts about the transition from high school to college for students with learning differences or disabilities such as autism, I will now try and take a broader view of the issue. I have posted previously about the importance of being aware of how the rights and responsibilities of the students and the school differ between high school and college. I also posted about the importance of developing the independent living skills necessary to thrive in a college setting. To bring it all together means to focus on the concept of self-advocacy as a cornerstone to success in college. Students must be able to understand their challenges and advocate for their needs in a meaningful way with others. This is a skill that requires practice and nurturing by parents and the community. This article speaks to some points previously made in this blog, as well as new ideas. It also highlights a Self Advocacy and Self Assessment Guide. This type of information can be very helpful to parents and students as they explore the skills to build for a successful transition to college. The more informed students are about what is expected from them in a college setting, the more smooth the transition.
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