Students with Autism


Exiting the public school system and transitioning to post-secondary education poses a variety of exciting opportunities for adults with autism. In order to increase the likelihood of success at the college level, the Center for Autism encourages our CSUF students with autism to enroll in the supports listed below.

Peer Assisted College Support Program (PACS)

The Peer Assisted College Support (PACS) program provides practical assistance to college students at CSUF with autism. Transitioning to post-secondary education has unique challenges for all students, but typical rituals such as joining a club, engaging in group work, and communicating with professors may be especially problematic for college-students with autism. In order to facilitate a successful college experience, PACS pairs up a CSUF student with autism to a veteran college student who has experienced success at the college level. The partners meet bi-weekly through the semester to discuss and work through pertinent issues related to navigating college. This program allows students to troubleshoot the challenges of attending college with someone who is actually in college!

What does PACS require from you?

  • Meet with a CSUF peer once every two weeks

Contact Dr. Debra Cote for more information at with the following information:

  • Major
  • Indicate if you want to be a mentoring partner or a mentee 

Students 4 Autism

Students 4 Autism is a new club initiated in Fall 2013 and is a collaborative endeavor by students with and without autism spectrum disorders. In collaboration with CSUF’s Center for Autism, the aim of the Club is to provide bi-weekly social activities so that CSUF students with autism engage with fellow students in fun and natural activities. All are welcome! For more information or if you would like to join, contact Club President, David Ferreira, at and submit the attached membership form below.

Students 4 Autism Membership Form

Counseling 252: Career/Life Planning: Disability Awareness & Advocacy

This class is specifically designed to assist students with disabilities (as well as students who plan on serving students with disabilities in the future) to develop a strong professional sense of self image, self-esteem, interpersonal communication skills, disability awareness, self-advocacy skills, as well as disability management skills within an academic and employment setting. Additionally, in this course students will work on a great deal of introspective work (with assessments as well) to explore their career interests and help them develop a career and life plan. For additional information, please see the flyer below.

COUN 252 Flyer

Reading 201: Academic Reading: Analyses and Strategies

The Department of Reading in the College of Education offers a course that addresses key aspects in succeeding in the college environment, especially in relation to academic roadblocks some students with autism encounter in high education. This course focuses on issues related to time management, motivation and goal setting, principles of memory and learning, learning style preferences, concentration, note taking, textbook reading systems, preparation for tests and test-taking, critical reading, introduction to research components, and computer technology instruction to support coursework.

While READ 201 is open to all CSUF students, this course is especially beneficial for students with autism by encouraging 1) collaboration with classmates to support learning; 2) use of technology to gather information and to prepare quality academic papers and projects; 3) use of on line communication with the instructor for on-going support through the course website and 4) providing students with a multitude of strategies to implement as needed for various courses.

To learn more about this course and when it is offered, contact Professor Kathi Bartle-Angus (

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Page updated: July 27, 2015