Farmington, MN – May 9, ASD-DR has created an online searchable database to help parents and students make informed decisions about the best college for their situation. This new tool addresses the gap in existing popular college search sites, that do not provide any information specific to support services for special needs students. The standard information generally provided in other search sites, is presented along with a web link directly to the support services for the school. Currently the database includes over 300 colleges and universities from across all 50 states.
“My daughter is getting good grades in high school, but she is still going to need some help in college. When we tried to find out what colleges would be able to provide that support there just weren’t any good resources where all of the information was together in one spot. It was really frustrating,” says Dawn Marcotte, CEO of ASD-DR.
With over 5000 accredited post-secondary schools in the United States to choose from, parents and students often feel overwhelmed with choices. This tool is designed as a first step to begin narrowing their top choices for further research. Eliminating schools that do not provide the necessary services early in the process, will allow students to organize their time and efforts more effectively.
The schools on the website are divided into 3 categories; those who run their own autistic specific programs, those who use a 3rd party vendor to provide autistic specific services, and those who have support programs for special needs students that are not specific to autism. These are designated as ‘friendly’ to autistic students because they have consistently shown a willingness to work with students to ensure they receive the accommodations and services they need.
www.ASD-DR.com started as a website to help parents of autistic children find the services and supports they need, through a database of autism support providers. In 2015 the company has refocused efforts on providing information for autistic teens and young adults. The college database is the first step in that direction.