Colleges, Summer and Gap Year Programs
Massachusetts Community Colleges
- Mass Bay Community College
- Middlesex Community College
- Massasoit Community College
- Quinsigamond Community College
- Mt. Wachusett Community College
- Bristol Community College
- Cape Cod Community College
Colleges with ASD-Specific Programs or Special Disability Support Programs
- Adelphi University-Bridges to Adelphi
- Dean College-Arch Learning Community
- Eastern University-College Success Program for Students Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Farleigh Dickinson University-COMPASS Program
- George Mason University-Mason Spectrum Support Initiative
- Landmark College-ASD Program
- Marshall University-The College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome
- Mercyhurst College-AIM Program
- Mitchell College - Bentsen Learning Center Program
- Pace University-OASIS Program
- Rochester Institute of Technology-Spectrum Support Program
- Rutgers University-College Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum
- University of Connecticut-Center for Students with Disabilities
- Westfield State University-Learning Disabilities Program
Other Colleges to Consider
- Art Institute of Boston
- American University
- Boston University
- Brandeis University
- Champlain College
- Clark University
- Elon University
- Emerson College
- Fairfield University
- Fitchburg State University
- Guilford College
- Hampshire College
- John Carroll University
- Johnson & Wales University
- Keene State College
- Marist College
- Marlboro College
- Mass College of Art
- Newbury College
- Northeastern University
- St. Michael’s College
- Sarah Lawrence College
- Wentworth Institute of Technology
- Western New England College
- Wheaton College
- U Mass Lowell
- Ursinus College
AANE’s Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP)
LifeMAP provides personal, intensive, one-on-one support to high school students and young adults with AS and related conditions who are struggling with day-to-day tasks. These tasks may include but are not limited to Home Skills, Community and Social Skills, Personal Growth, and Pre-Employment Skills.
For more information or to request an application, please contact AANE at:
Phone: (617) 393-3824 Ext:43
Aspire MGH College Boot Camp
College Boot Camp is focused on preparing high school graduates and young adults for the transition into college. In a supportive setting, participants have the opportunity to enhance important social, life, and executive functions skills, such as: self-advocacy, time management, organizational strategies, learning style, and communication. Participants will also learn about the differences between high school and college structures.For additional information please contact:
MGH Aspire, 1 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA 02421
Telephone: (781) 860-1900
Fax: (781) 8601-1920
NEXT STEP: College Success and Independent Living
Next Step is designed for students, grades 9-12, who present with a social language deficit and are serious about attending college after high school. This program is appropriate for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, NLD, or related learning differences.The focus of the program is to afford students a chance to hone executive functioning, problem solving, and self-advocacy skills that are necessary for living with other students on a college campus.
Residential Transition Programs (Summer)
College Internship Program (CIP) Summer Program
A two week program held on a number of college campuses which is designed to provide teens ages 16 to 19 with Learning Differences with a unique opportunity to learn the valuable skills necessary for making a well-prepared transition from high school to college or while pursuing vocational interests.
College Living Experience (CLE) Summer Program
CLE Summer Exploration is located in Denver, Colorado. It is a program for diverse learners entering their senior year or who have recently graduated. Summer Exploration is a preview of independent living in a college environment, with intensive support to build the educational, vocational, social and independent living skills needed for transition to adulthood.
Landmark College has a new summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors, “Social Pragmatics Track”, which will run alongside the existing High School Program in Putney, VT. This program is specially designed for students on the Spectrum who have strong academic potential but struggle with social pragmatics. The program will focus on helping participants increase their potential for successful social connections while developing stronger academic routines. Students will learn and practice techniques and strategies that will allow them to better manage a variety of social environments. The program will provide a more intensive on-campus orientation, a separate residential setting, high faculty/staff to student ratio as well as academic stimulation with social cognition embedded throughout the curriculum. This program will share many activities and classes with Landmark’s traditional High School Program, but they will also have some special programming aimed at their needs and interests.
Landmark also offers a Transition to College Summer Program for students who have been accepted to a four year college.
Mansfield Hall (located in Burlington VT) offers two summer program options: the College Readiness Program and Summer Semester. The College Readiness Program is an intensive eight-week program for students with college aspirations or incoming college freshmen who are looking to jumpstart their transition to college. Summer Semester is an eight-week program for continuing college students who are taking a summer course and looking to further their skills as they continue their college journey.
Residential Transition Programs (Year round)
College Internship Program (CIP)
CIP's full-year postsecondary programs provide young adults with Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success.
College Living Experience (CLE)
Since 1989, College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development, CLE supports are tailored to each young adult we serve. It is through personalized services, our team celebrates the uniqueness of students in such a way that we are able to make a lasting impact in their lives and in their communities.
Chapel Haven Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program
The focus of the program is to assist adults in developing independent social competencies across all settings. The ultimate goal of the program is to help each person develop a broader repertoire of social competency and adaptive skills across multiple settings and with diverse populations.
Dragonfly Transitions is a nine to twelve month program in Klamath Falls, Oregon. We work with our students to help them transition into a healthy young adult life with independence and autonomy. Dragonfly offers the opportunity for real world experience while providing a stable, supportive environment where students can flourish. Dragonfly Transitions is committed to providing a respectful and caring environment for students to achieve balance and consistency in the areas of education, employment, fitness, nutrition, recreation, healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing, and other independent living skills.
Dynamy Internship Program
Based in Worcester, MA, this personalized gap year program is designed for students to have real-world opportunities to build confidence, experience hands-on learning, develop skills and gain knowledge about a possible future career. There is also the opportunity to take classes at Clark University
The Gersh Experience
At The Gersh Experience, our mission is helping young adults on the Autism Spectrum reach their full potential. Our goal is Independence. Our staff of professionals takes pride in working with each student to assist them in their transition to independent adulthood. We offer a unique model in which a carefully customized program is created with each student's learning style and specific challenges in mind. This model allows for customization of support across all areas (social skills, independent living skills, life skills and other significant areas). It is possible for students to attend classes at local colleges as part of this program.
Mansfield Hall is a college program and residence for young adults who will benefit from a comprehensive academic, social, emotional, and vocational approach to higher education and transition. Our mission is to assist students with disabilities to successfully earn a college degree, develop living skills, and begin a productive career and independent lifestyle. All Mansfield Hall students are enrolled in courses offered by a variety of local colleges and universities. Burlington is host to some of the finest colleges in New England, such as the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, the Community College of Vermont, New England Culinary Institute, Vermont Technical College, and Burlington College. Having access to a variety of colleges in the community allows our students to find courses, majors, and degrees in a wide range of interests. Students may attend one, or a combination of, colleges throughout their time with Mansfield Hall.
Spectrum College Transition Program
Spectrum College Transition Program provides a supportive residential post-secondary program for young men with Asperger's Syndrome and Executive Functioning Deficits, who want to attend college, but require assistance academically, socially, and emotionally.
Thames Academy at Mitchell College
Thames Academy is a residential post-graduate program for students with academic challenges, documented learning disabilities,or other learning differences who can benefit from a structured learning and living experience that prepares them for the transition to college or a career. Unlike conventional post-grad programs offered at college preparatory schools, Thames includes college level courses for credit. The program is set on the Mitchell College campus in New London, CT, a college with a recognized tradition of support for students with learning differences.
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