Royal College Consulting has been supporting neurodiverse students navigate the college planning and admissions process for nearly a decade. Finding the best fit college or university can be a daunting task for students and their families. Here, at Royal College Consulting, we apply our extensive knowledge of Student Disability Support Services Offices around the country as we work to identify schools that would optimize the student’s unique strengths and meet their individual challenges.
In addition to the services we provide to students and families throughout the College Planning process, there are unique elements that need to be included in College Planning for neurodiverse students including:
Developing a college list consisting of schools that meet the student’s accommodation needs
Identifying Basic, Moderate, and Comprehensive Support Services, by college
Guiding the student on how to obtain ACT / SAT testing accommodations
Review student’s most current testing and advise family if the document is sufficient and current enough for the student to meet college’s documentation requirements to apply for accommodations
Identifying assistive technology to help student succeed academically
Guidance on interviewing Student Disability Support Services Office on campus
Educating student on differences between high school and college for students who are neurodiverse
Help student learn to effectively advocate for themselves and their needs
If appropriate, recommend academic and vocational alternatives to a four-year college, or help develop a transition plan to meet a student’s long-term educational goals
UC Davis will welcome students with intellectual disabilities in a ground-breaking new program in Fall 2021. The Supported Education to Elevate Diversity, or SEED, Scholar Program will include students with autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The students will live in campus housing, attend classes and take part in extracurricular activities. An internship component is also planned, with options for placement within UC Davis Health, on campus and in legislative offices at the state Capitol.
SEED Scholars will have a support system, including undergraduate students who will serve as peer mentors, helping with academics as well as social activities, health and wellness and oversight of internships. A curriculum that includes regular UC Davis courses, as well as some special courses focused on relevant issues such as independent living, will also be designed. The goal is to create a program that will culminate in a meaningful credential for the graduates.
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education falls under the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, or TPSID, which was created in 2010. UC Davis is the first university in California to receive a TPSID for a four-year inclusive, residential program. The grant will cover about 80 percent of the cost of creating the program, with the remainder being covered largely by philanthropy. The program will be jointly administered by the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
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With Janice Royal of Royal College Consulting