For Parents


Welcome to Transition to College for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This training series is an online resource for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders to assist them with going to college. We know that going to college and leaving home for the first time can be an exciting yet difficult transition for your son or daughter, but it also can be one for you as well. As a parent, you have been instrumental in helping your student receive the resources and supports that he or she needs in high school, so it can be stressful to now start letting your teenager do this on his or her own in college. It also can be a confusing time, as the way your son or daughter receives services changes dramatically from high school to college. There's no Individualized Education Program or special education in college, so it's now each student's responsibility to get the supports needed.

Parent's Role during this Training

Your role during this training is to support your student as he or she uses sections 1, 2, and 3. During this training, your son or daughter will be creating a transition portfolio to use to get ready for college. You can assist your son or daughter by helping them to:

  • Find his/her transition IEP
  • Download all forms
  • Fill out forms
  • Locate internet sites
  • Insert forms into their transition portfolio
  • Meet college application deadlines

Additional Resources

Going to College
Going to College is an online resource for teens with disabilities to learn about college life and for parents also.

Virginia Education Wizard
The Virginia Education Wizard, funded by the Virginia Department of Education, provides interest assessments and an online portfolio for students to use. You might ask your student if he has developed a file on this site at school. Some students make online files with their assessments. Special Education teachers or guidance counselors will assist you with the State Testing Identification or STI number required to use this resource.

Virginia College Quest
Virginia College Quest website provides information for students with disabilities, their families, and teachers about college preview events, resources, and tips as they transition to college. This website is funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
How will you fund college? Consider the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply for FAFSA after January 1 of the year in which your student will enroll in college.

Transition Coordinator

For more information about the transition to college process please contact your student's transition coordinator.