Help for When College Years Are Not So Carefree

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Chicago Tribune

Students with average or above-average intelligence who benefit from special-education programs usually find that their learning and support services come to an abrupt halt once they earn their high school diplomas. But a unique post-secondary program that provides additional “scaffolding” for such students in college is helping them to continue their education – and prevent the nation’s investment in them from being squandered.

The Nashville-based College Living Experience provides mental health professionals and tutors, as well as intensive help with school work and with independent-living and social skills – all for about $33,000 per year (in addition to college tuition). The students, many of whom struggle with ADD, Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism, typically live in one- and two-bedroom apartments near campus and a support team. Aug. 23,