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Provide advocacy and access services, and educational opportunities for Autistic students, and provide campus and community leadership and education regarding neurodiversity, social justice, disability, and autism.
Top 5 FAQs:
Q: How do I sign up for the ASN program?
Entry into the program is Fall only, however, we have many services available all year for students entering in other quarters. Read the “Future Students” page on the ASN website and review the Next Steps on that page for all the details.
Q: Do I need to have an Autism Diagnosis to be in the program?
No, you don’t! You do need to identify as autistic, and write a brief statement about that on the Intent to Register form, found on the Future Students page. (Note: to receive ADA Classroom and Testing accommodations through the Disability Resource Center, a separate department, you will need a medical diagnosis of disability.)
Q: What kind of services does the program provide?
The ASN program provides advocacy, access, and educational services for autistic students at BC. ASN supports autistic students in four ways:
- Our students participate in a series of cohort classes that they take alongside their regular programs of study – these classes are designed as career preparation classes, and they focus on soft skills such as Executive Functioning, Stress Management, Occupational Wellness, Interpersonal Communication, Self-Advocacy, and more.
- Students also meet with a trained peer mentor, called a Navigation Assistant, regularly for access support – to ensure that the student can access their class materials and campus resources, and communicate with instructors. The Navigation Assistants aren’t tutors, and they don’t do the work for the student, instead, they support the student in accessing resources, and discovering ways to do the work and communication for themselves, using strength-based growth models.
- ASN provides parent training (and 4.) faculty and staff training as well.
You can find out more here.
Q: How much does it cost?
There is no charge for program services. Students pay tuition for the academic credit cohort classes that they take each quarter. These classes cost approximately $223 – $550 each quarter, and in most cases they provide transferable college credit and count as elective credits towards a student’s degree program. Certain exceptions apply. Please check with us regarding your personal situation if you have questions.
Q: How can I find out more? Can I make an appointment?
We hold information meetings once a month, on the second Monday evening of each month, January through June from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room D106. We also hold an additional event at least once per year, if evenings don’t work for you. You can keep in touch with us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASNavigators.
Last Updated April 16, 2019