Student Affairs

Students on the Autism Spectrum: Residence Life, Classrooms and Socializing

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown
Price: $98.00

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Transition to college is a challenge for all students and may pose additional barriers for students on the Autism Spectrum. New routines, new foods, a more challenging academic routine, different friends and, if living on campus, a new residence all may create obstacles for the increasing neuro diverse population. This webinar will discuss these challenges and some ideas to further include students on the spectrum into campus life. Strategies for helping students on the spectrum transition to their new environment will be presented.


  • Develop an understanding of college students on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Gain exposure to practical strategies to assist students on the spectrum.
  • Understand how the concept of Universal Design can be implemented to improve the college experience of all students, including those with Autism.


Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co-authored Student with Asperger's: A Guide for College Professionals (2009), The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (2012), and Behavior Management and Self-Regulation (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.

Dr. Brown speaks both nationally and internationally and frequently consults to colleges and universities. She is co-director of College Autism Spectrum, a group of professionals providing college-level support and training for students, parents, and professionals involved with the autism spectrum community. Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 24 year old son with Autism giving her a unique understanding of the issue.

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