The Autism Spectrum Navigators program is built on the principles of the social and diversity models of disability. This means that when we consider the needs of our students, we first consider the value that each brings to our community as a unique, diverse individual, and we seek to embrace this individuality by supporting each student in building on their strengths, not fixing perceived deficits. Next, we focus on finding ways to provide access to our students, around systemic barriers, misunderstandings, and more.
What does this look like? For one thing, it means we don’t have Social Skills classes! ASN students take a series of classes (alongside their chosen program of study) that are designed to support them in finding their strengths in four areas: Executive Functioning, Self-Advocacy, Self-Regulation and Social Interaction. These classes have a career preparation focus, and, through discovering their strengths, our students are able to match their strengths to a “good fit” career path, all while staying the amazing unique individuals that they are!
Of course ASN students grow, learn, and mature, just like all college students. In fact, our students have found that by embracing their strengths, and learning to love what’s unique about themselves, they can do more than they may have imagined.
So the ASN program philosophy is very simple: provide access for autistic students, and support them in learning to embrace their own singular selves. As we work to accomplish this goal, the entire community around us changes to also embrace this population of wonderfully unique students.
Find out about the program
Learn about Bellevue College’s program supporting autistic students in one of our upcoming Information Sessions.
Shared by our Faculty: Dear Colleagues, I would like to share a conversation that I had with a Bellevue College student last night. On his way to school on the bus that day, a baby started to cry loudly. When the baby couldn’t be comforted, another passenger became very upset, putting his hands over his …more about Testimonials