We are committed to helping our campus community become aware and better understand the abilities, strengths, and competencies of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students and students with behaviors consistent with ASD. We believe in and support the university’s commitment to students with learning differences can contribute to their success at Iowa. To do so, the campus community recognizes the need to provide inclusive and practical support. The following pages are separated for various audiences who may interact or benefit from learning more about the university’s ability and mission to support neurodiverse and ASD students in addition to students with behaviors consistent with ASD.
At the University of Iowa, we believe all students should benefit from their learning environment. We welcome more than 5,000 new undergraduate students to campus each year from high schools and colleges around the world, representing diverse learning abilities. The type or level of support the university provides may vary from high school. However, we maintain our commitment to providing support and care for all enrolled students. Below are examples of resources currently available:Learn More
We know parents and families are often a steadfast source of support and may have many questions about the resources, opportunities, and assistance available prior to visiting campus. The university believes that critical skills sets necessary for collegiate success are similar for all students as they transition to college; it's simply that neurodiverse and ASD students in addition to students with behaviors consistent with ASD may need them in different ways. Therefore, the university is committed to understanding how to best serve students with different learning abilities. We recognize that each student may have unique challenges related to their social, academic, and personal acclimation to the college environment. Additionally, upon entering college, students become the primary source of their own advocacy related to issues of decision making, and arranging for accommodations once on campus.Learn More
We at Iowa are committed to your success and welcome students of diverse learning abilities on campus. We have found students who are able to develop self-advocacy skills during their college experience find their time on campus to be most enriching. Self-advocacy can be defined as the ability to understand your needs and effectively communicate them to others. These skills can be applied both in your time as a student and beyond college. Examples of self-advocacy in college include:Learn More
The number of college students with documented learning differences is rising. However, most staff members do not have the benefit of being trained on how to work with diverse learners. Additionally, students who face learning difficulties vary greatly in their need for support. This spectrum of needs can lead to uncertainty on behalf of staff who are attempting to provide accommodations in their work with students. Our goal is to have staff feel equipped and knowledgeable about ways to design courses/programs while considering learning differences of all students.Learn More
Thank you for your interest, advocacy, and support as a friend or ally of neurodiverse and ASD individuals. We encourage the use of positive identity-first language to describe autism as a campus community. For example, it is best to ask individuals for their preference, or observe how they refer to themselves. This preference will take precedence over any generalized suggestions you may hear.Learn More
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Training Modules
Welcome to the Autism Spectrum Training Website. As a faculty or staff member at the University of Iowa, you will likely be working with students who identify with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as ASD. This website and the modules that follow will provide some guidelines and strategies for working with students on the autism spectrum. The goal of these modules is to help faculty and staff understand the unique challenges faced by students on the autism spectrum and how your role can assist in alleviating these unique challenges in the university setting.Learn More