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Freshman Disorientation: Navigating College on the Autism Spectrum
Individuals on the autism spectrum face unique challenges when transitioning into the world of higher education. This presentation, which features the firsthand perspective of an autistic adult, outlines what some of these challenges are, the differences between high school and college for autistic students, and strategies for coping with and helping students on the spectrum thrive and succeed in higher education.

Feb 8, 2023 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Amy Gravino
Autism Specialist, Autism Consultant, Public Speaker, Founder @A.S.C.O.T. Consulting, LLC
Amy Gravino was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and it was from this moment that a journey began. Amy successfully graduated high school in 2001, earned her BA in English in 2005, and in 2007, Amy was accepted into the master’s in applied Behavior Analysis program at Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey. In 2011, Amy completed her thesis, which attempted to use the principles of ABA to teach adult males with Asperger's Syndrome how to ask someone out on a date. Amy has published work, including the textbook Special Education, Autism Spectrum Quarterly: the Autism Asperger Publishing Company newsletter; the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation newsletter and blog; and the official blog of Autism Speaks. She is presently authoring, The Naughty Autie, which chronicles her experiences with relationships, dating, and sexuality as a woman on the autism spectrum. Amy is a Certified Autism Specialist, autism consultant, seasoned public speaker, and the founder of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, LLC.