US COLLEGE AUTISM PROJECT (US CAP)
Despite adequate cognitive ability for academic success in college, many individuals on the autism spectrum find post secondary education an insurmountable hill to climb. Often gaining acceptance without ever identifying themselves, these individuals go unnoticed by their professors until their sensory, social, learning styles and organizational challenge combine with fatigue and cause them to fail. Many students affected by autism spectrum disorders never finish college. As such, much more needs to be done to assist these individuals who have the potential to graduate from college but often fail because their needs are unidentified and their talents are under-supported. To assist this rising population, US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) formed the US College Autism Project (US CAP) in August of 2010.
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS was appointed interim director for the US CAP initiative and has formulated both the mission and vision for the project. Committed to sharing information, connecting resources, providing training, and facilitating consultation and advocacy services to meet the needs of college students on the autism spectrum, US CAP has listed its goals for 2011.
USAAA, through the US CAP initiative, is creating an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to have a successful college experience. But, we need your help. Donate now. Your donation will make a difference to a student in succeeding at the college level. With your support, it is our hope and our vision to bring US CAP to every college in America.
Click here to learn more about US CAP and the goals for 2011.