Tag: The Achieve Degree

October 10, 2012

College education can be path to meaningful careers for students with autism

According to Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time, a recent article at Huffington Post Business, individuals with autism who decide to pursue careers “face a daunting set of obstacles. Job prospects for adults with autism in the U.S. are crushingly bleak. Nationwide, their combined unemployment and under-employment rate is around 90 percent.”

Thankfully, as Christina Wilkie reports in the piece, “The news isn’t all bad.”

October 4, 2012

No one-size-fits-all college option: Seek the best fit

College is not a one-size-fits-all experience for anyone, and students with autism and other special needs must take extra care in selecting a program that is the best possible fit for them. The same program that works for one student with learning differences may not work for another.

October 1, 2012

Achieve Degree mentor profile: Carrie Brooks

Carrie Brooks, MS, BCBA, is one of the mentors with The Achieve Degree program at The Sage Colleges. She lives right outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota (the snowy and cold tundra, according to Carrie, at least in winter) with her not-so-social cat, Emma, and her overly social dog, Buddy.

September 27, 2012

Need college planning tips for students on the autism spectrum?

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has a great article on Planning for College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities. It includes a very helpful list: What to ask the program director at the schools being considered. We thought we’d take the time to address the NCLD questions as they relate to The Achieve Degree

September 24, 2012

Achieve Degree mentor profile: Chelsea Donlin

Chelsea Donlin graduated from Sage in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism. She is now a board certified Behavior Analyst living in Kingston, New York with her new son Jack, husband and two unruly dogs. Chelsea’s younger brother is on the autism spectrum, and that was the impetus for her entering this field.

September 21, 2012

Better studies needed to assess programs for teens, adults with autism

The take-home message from Dr. Julie Lounds Taylor, the lead author of the Pediatrics journal article: “What we can say to families now is keep doing what you’re doing, keep exploring what’s out there and finding what works for you. We didn’t find evidence saying that these things don’t work; we just don’t have enough evidence to conclude that they do.”