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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Transitioning to College With Autism

Nava Silton

The Daily Herald has started a series of monthly articles detailing autism in the college environment. The first in the series discusses the transition to college for 19-year-old Rafael Vargas. Vargas attends Utah Valley University. The number of services for individuals with special needs drastically declines during adulthood in what is called the “service cliff.” Vargas is enrolled in a program at UVU, called Passages, that helps make that “cliff” a little less steep. There are 30 students with him in the nine-week program that includes classes and social activities. The program focuses on teaching young adults how to handle the stress of college life, such as roommates, making friends and dating. Read the whole article and follow the rest of the series here.