College Bound Academy 2020

Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT · By REV AccessAbility
Date & Time
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
Sun, Oct 4th 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Pl
Silver Spring MD, 20910
Event Details


Students and parents will participate in a virtual info session with Dr. Pena to front load material and receive an assignment to complete prior to the CBA weekend workshop.

Friday, October 2

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Parent Q&A

Parents are encouraged to use this time to ask their own questions related to college application and support logistics to allow the remainder of the workshop to be student-focused.

Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4

9:00 am - 2:00 pm: CBA Workshop

The College Bound Academy is organized by Dr. Edlyn Peña. The 3-day program prepares autistic students, ages 14 to 24, who spell and type to communicate to transition to higher education.

Participating students and their communication partners will:

  1. Improve their knowledge of postsecondary options, including accommodations and supports
  2. Acquire knowledge of the college application process
  3. Develop knowledge of college readiness skills
  4. Create a transition plan that outlines individualized goals for college transition
  5. Cultivate a network of college-prepared peers and supports.

Workshop materials are designed by autistic self-advocates and leading scholars who have published research on supporting the needs of students with autism in college.

What are the activities and outcomes of the College Bound Academy workshop?

  1. Explore postsecondary options, including various degrees, college programs, disability support services and accommodations.

  2. Develop knowledge about the college application process, including application deadlines, meeting with a high school counselor, writing personal statements, taking the SAT, and requesting letters of recommendation.

  3. Begin to develop college readiness skills prior to attending college. These college skills—including time management, executive functioning, communication with faculty, self-advocacy, and IEP participation—are deemed necessary to navigating college successfully (Anderson & Butt, 2017).

  4. Create postsecondary transition plans that include goals focused on college access and success, an important predictor for participation in college (AIR, 2013).

  5. Cultivate a network of college-prepared peers and communication partners that will serve as a resource beyond Academy participation.

A special author event will accompany the CBA this year, highlighting collaborators from Communication Alternatives in Autism and Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, & Spell to Communicate. All CBA participants and their families are invited to attend this event.

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College-Bound Student and ONE Communication Partner

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This ticket will admit one student and one communication partner (may be a parent or other CP) to the entire College Bound Academy & related Author Event. Additional family members wishing to attend will need to purchase separate tickets below.


Additional Family Member

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Additional family members beyond ONE communication partner per student will need to purchase a ticket for the CBA workshop. This ticket will admit the family member to all CBA events.


Friday Night Parent / Professional Q and A

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Parents or professionals wishing to ONLY attend the Friday night Q&A session with Dr. Pena should register for this ticket. Due to limited space and the student-centered nature of the workshop, professionals will not be admitted to the full CBA workshop on Saturday & Sunday.


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