Tag: learning disabilities

September 29, 2011

Students with autism pursue autonomy through practice and persistence

This New York Times article – Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World – is spectacular, not just because it’s extensive and detailed, but also for the story it tells. We meet Justin and his teacher as they prepare Justin for a job interview and go on to learn all the work they put into helping him progress.

September 9, 2011

Achieve Degree lab courses add real-world element to online bachelor’s degree

As more colleges launch programs to accommodate the specific needs of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other learning disabilities, different approaches are emerging to help students develop academic, social and workplace skills. This story from NPR’s All Things Considered features an on-campus program at Colorado State. Students there work with peer mentors to practice social interactions and role-play both classroom situations, like working in a group, and interview situations, like making a good first impression and using a strong handshake.

September 9, 2011

The Achieve Degree’s blog to inform, update and encourage

“Achieve Ideas” will showcase the energy that exists around opportunities a degree like The Achieve Degree presents. We’re excited about the possibilities, and we know many individuals and communities share our passion. “Achieve Ideas” celebrates this collective desire to support all students’ pursuits of post-secondary education.

September 8, 2011

Going to college without disrupting existing support networks

Over the summer, we read an article in the health section of The Seattle Times about students with autism attending college. In “College for autistic students isn’t easy, but it is possible,” we followed the paths of the featured students as they met both struggles and opportunities on campus.

Most students, of course, find the adjustment to campus life challenging, but for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other learning disabilities, the challenges may be magnified. Certainly, they are more complex. While some college programs have supportive services in place, the stress of moving away from home can prove overwhelming.

September 8, 2011

A college degree for students with special needs

The Achieve Degree at Sage is a new — entirely online — program developed by The Sage Colleges and Excelsior College specifically for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or other learning disabilities. This unique bachelor’s degree, which is among the first of its kind to be offered by a regionally accredited college, will offer a highly supportive environment, including one-on-one mentoring.

The program leads to a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Computer Science and, like traditional bachelor’s degrees, is comprised of 120 credits. However, the program content and delivery accommodates students’ learning styles and abilities in order to maximize their chances for success.