OREM – Utah Valley University has found a way to include the often overlooked autistic population in campus life.
The Passages Program holds regular classes and workshops to help navigate autistic students through registering for classes, making friends, dating, doing homework and dealing with other challenges that come with student life. Program director Laurie Bowen said it involves a wide variety of participants with the goal of helping autistic students feel more comfortable.
At least two percent of all college students are on the autistic spectrum, and it’s often easy for large universities to overlook them when their disability isn’t always obvious.
Other campuses like Brigham Young University and Utah State University are also starting their own programs to help these students.