Hench Autism Studies Program

ASD Affinity Program


Defiance College is the home of the path-breaking ASD Affinity Program, offering comprehensive services supporting college students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

As the number of children diagnosed with ASD increases, the need is greater than ever to provide for avenues of success into adulthood. Higher education can be an appropriate step for many college age students with ASD who are academically able to succeed but may require social and living support to navigate the traditional college residential campus.

Defiance College’s ASD Affinity program supports college students with ASD in reaching their full potential. Varying levels of academic, social and residential support are designed to aid students in meeting their personal and professional goals. 

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Articles on Defiance College's ASD Affinity Program
- Autism Speaks - These 5 students taught me to never define someone by a label
- Autistic Global Initiative - ASD Affinity Program going strong at Defiance College
- Toledo Blade - Life-skill classes help students thrive 


Contact Us

Dr. Clarissa Barnes
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Director of the Hench Autism Studies Program
Phone: (419) 783-2355
Email: cbarnes@defiance.edu

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