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Autism Disclosure and College

Autism Disclosure and College

In my work helping autistic students apply to college, the question of disclosure comes up frequently. I think it’s important for people to become comfortable with their authentic selves, and I usually disclose my own autism to families early on to set an example....

Getting Into College Is the Easy Part

Getting Into College Is the Easy Part

When helping students apply to college, I am deeply impressed by their persistence in writing and rewriting what sometimes seems like an endless stream of essays. Every fall we eagerly await that exciting news flash: You’re in! And then the real work begins. Yes,...

6 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

6 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

Choosing among the colleges they’ve been accepted to can be an exciting (and sometimes stressful) process for graduating seniors, but there’s still another big question to answer as well: should they start college right away or defer for a year? For many students,...

Should You Disclose a Disability When Applying to College?

Should You Disclose a Disability When Applying to College?

Students with disabilities often wonder whether to discuss their diagnoses on college applications. It's a great question, and a very personal decision. In general, there's no reason to assume that disclosure will either help or hurt a student's chances of being...

7 Things Students with Disabilities Should Do When Starting College

7 Things Students with Disabilities Should Do When Starting College

Students with disabilities may have tremendous potential as well as exceptional needs. But to fulfill that potential in college, they need to be sufficiently prepared, because the transition from high school involves a huge increase in independence. Here are seven key...

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay If you’ve started working on supplementary college essays, you may have seen prompts asking you to explain why you’re choosing to apply to that school. For example, Tufts University asks, “Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate...

Practical Tips for Working with Young Women On the Autism Spectrum

Practical Tips for Working with Young Women On the Autism Spectrum

Autistic young women are gaining greater visibility--and with rising rates of diagnosis, independent educational consultants (IECs) are likely to encounter more students on the spectrum in their caseloads. However, much of what people know--or think they know--about...

Students and Stress: Challenges and Solutions

Students and Stress: Challenges and Solutions

Kate was a thriving high school junior before COVID hit, active in the French club and the tennis team. After the switch to remote instruction, she missed socializing and exercising with her friends. When the SAT was repeatedly canceled and in-person university tours...

9 Tips for International Students Applying to American Graduate Schools

9 Tips for International Students Applying to American Graduate Schools

The United States offers a wealth of opportunities for higher education, so it should be no surprise that it’s a popular destination for students from many other countries. But the world of graduate study is distinctive, and it pays to learn some of the subtleties of...

College Readiness and Transition for Students on the Autism Spectrum

College Readiness and Transition for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Elena was looking forward to studying marine biology at a liberal arts college. Midway through her first semester she became overwhelmed by the social and academic demands, stopped attending class and moved back home in a state of depression. The only job she has held...

7 Secrets to Seeking Learning Disability Services in College

7 Secrets to Seeking Learning Disability Services in College

Disability services work very differently in college than they do in high school—one of the key differences being that students, not staff or parents, are responsible for self-advocating for their needs. Before you head off to college, here are the key things to know...