While current estimates vary widely, research predicts that college enrollment for students with autism spectrum disorders will increase by at least 114% in the next few years, with more than 430,000 students with autism seeking support on college campuses nationwide by 2020 (Cox, 2017). However, college acceptance does not always indicate a readiness to succeed, even for those who are academically gifted. This presentation will cover the various components of college readiness and their connection to college and career success. In addition, the presentation will review the current emerging landscape of college support structures as well as Autism at Work initiatives. Participants will learn, specifically, how Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is working to get students on the autism spectrum ready for employment, as well as how the Neurodiverse Hiring Initiative at RIT is working to connect job seekers on the autism spectrum with employers seeking neurodiverse talent. Participants will learn through lecture as well as case studies, videos, and activities.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania