ASD Affinity Program

The ASD Affinity Program is designed for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Are 18-24 at initial enrollment
  • Have a documented diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (DSM-5), autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) (DSM-IV-TR) (as indicated by a psychological evaluation)
  • Have an average intellectual ability (e.g., intelligence quotient > 80 as determined by intelligence testing)
  • Meet the Defiance College academic admissions requirements. Consideration for admission to the ASD Affinity Program also requires completion of the separate application for undergraduate admission.
  • Are independent with self-care and hygiene skills (e.g., bathing, oral hygiene, shaving)
  • Are independent with all medication administration
  • Have no documented incidents of aggressive behavior toward others or self-harm within the last 5 years


The following confidential documents must be submitted in order for ASD Affinity Program applicants to receive full consideration by the admissions committee. Please fax any paper documents to 419-784-4101, scan and email to, or mail to Clarissa Barnes, ASD Affinity Program, 701 N. Clinton Street, Defiance, OH, 43512.



  • Current psychological evaluation or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) conducted within the last 3 years and including:
    • Results from intelligence testing (e.g., Stanford Binet IV, WAIS-IV)
    • Results from achievement testing (e.g., Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement)
      Note: Results should include subtest scores and a detailed narrative.
  • Documentation of ASD diagnosis/qualification of services
  • Most recent individualized educational plan (IEP), if applicable
  • Two letters of reference from high school teacher, counselor, therapist, and/or principal

After all print materials have been submitted and reviewed by the ASD Affinity admissions committee, candidates who meet the minimum admissions criteria will be contacted to complete an on-campus interview with the Director of the Hench Autism Studies Program and Coordinator of the ASD Affinity Program.