As a current college student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I know the going isn't easy. Over the last three years, I have come up with solutions and advice that have helped me manage issues like living alone, time management, social interaction, and securing disability accommodations, as well as creating guidelines for future snags and anticipated events. In this series, starting with the college-planning process, I hope to shed a little more light on what it's like to navigate college and provide some critical planning tools for families and students with ASD.
Are guidance counselors in our high schools doing the job?
Our young people say, "No," according to a study by Public Agenda.
In fact, 6 out of every 10 teens who went on to higher education gave their guidance counselors poor marks. And, half of teens said they felt like "just a face in the crowd."
What's the impact of this? Not good.
How badly do you want your child to make it into the college of her dreams? How much are you willing to pay? I’m not talking about tuition. How much are you willing to pay just to guide her through the application process?
My mouth dropped when I saw the unemployment rate among youth: over 20%, according to the New York Times, more than double the national average.
So, what are we doing to prepare our teens for the real, working world? What are you doing to prepare them? Our children are, after all, the drivers of our future, aren't they?
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