Yesterday, I went to university for an informational meeting about going to college with an autism spectrum disorder. At first, a person from an autism agency talked about what problems students with autism might face, from a kind of medicalized, theoretical point of view. Even so, it was an interesting talk. After this, a woman from an autistic self-advocacy organization talked about this organization. It was interesting, but there was a little too much emphasis on how autistics should arrange their own stuff. In my opinion, taking responsibility for your own life is not the same as doing most things for yourself. Also, she talked about how the organization is for high-functioning autistic adults. Why just high-functioning people, who are, supposedly, capable of standing up for ourselves? Whether you should have the ability to self-advocate, doesn’t depend on your intelligence.
Then, two autistics and a parent of autistic adults talked about what college was like for them or their children. I don’t remember everything the people said, and I didn’t like the emphasis the parent placed on the importantce of parents. Not because I don’t think parents can help a college student succeed, but because my own parents don’t give a flying flip about disability issues other than things striclty blindness-related.
After this, we got some information abotu services for autistic students at my university. We have a sort of buddy system starting this year, where each autistic student who wants so can get another student (mostly from psychology and special education) to be their buddy. I met one of them yesterday, who helped me through today, as I navigated the first day of freshman introduction.