Autism & Neurodiversity Transition Program

The University of Central Arkansas’ Autism Advocacy Program strives to help students with autism transition and succeed in the higher education setting. The program provides support for students, parents, and faculty, while also helping students learn to self-advocate.

Components of the program include:

  • Low-sensory registration day for entering freshmen and early registration for returning students;
  • A special section of ACAD 1300: Journeys to Success, a 3-hour freshman-level class that focuses on the latest research involving how we learn and includes individual assessment of strengths and development of goals;
  • One-on-one meetings and check-in to help students stay on track and access academic resources, including success coaches and tutors; Occupational Therapy; counseling; housing; academic advising; financial aid; and the library;
  • ANA (Autism and Neurodiversity Alliance), is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that advocates for students who are neurodiverse, including ADHD, Aspergers, autism, and others on the spectrum. They welcome all students to their organization including allies and friends. ANA will promote awareness of neurodiversity as well as provide social interactions including night time activities and x-period meetings. They meet twice a month: once during x-period and once in the evening. More information is available at https://uca.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/ana;
  • A low-sensory student lounge in Old Main, Room 28;
  • Increased training for faculty and staff about the autism community;
  • Community outreach on college readiness.

Our Autism & Neurodiversity Transition Program works closely with our Disability Resource Center, which is always the first stop for any students wishing to self-identify and request accommodations in the classroom. It is also a valuable resource for information and advocates.

For more information about the Autism & Neurodiversity Transition Program at the University of Central Arkansas, please contact

Dr. Amy Baldwin, Director of the Department of Student Transitions

abaldwin@uca.edu

501-450-3220