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Asperger’s: Online College Seems to be Working for Me

Some of you may know that I had a lot of trouble attempting a college education when I was younger. I started college in 1991 after dropping out of HS and taking my GED, but I was not able to finish and always struggled to understand why.

A major culprit was that I had undiagnosed autism. I was not able to access my situation, figure out what was not working (and why), and come up with a plan to remedy the problem.  Fortunately, (I think, so far) 23 years later, I have finally found a solution that is right for me.

I’ve been attending college online since November of 2011, and as of today January 2014, I am still enrolled and still working towards my goal!  I am excited because I have difficulty sticking with anything, or completing goals—so for me, this is BIG. Of course, I am still a long way from finishing my goal but well beyond the half-way point.

I do not think that I could manage my studies in a brick and mortar school, even though sometimes I wish I could, and long for times away from the house surrounded by other people. (Managing those times is a whole other story.) But—I know that if I was in a “traditional” classroom setting, I would likely never reach  my goal.

If this is an issue for you, or your Aspie, online college may be a good solution.

Online School for Autistic College Students: A Good Choice

 

Anyone else have experience with online college/school?

What were your experiences?  Good, Bad—Ugly? Did it help you or your child with autism?

 

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.