Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Disability Resource Center assists students with disabilities by providing guidance and accommodations to ensure equal access so that all students can take full advantage of the courses, programs, and activities offered by the University of Louisville.

Support services at the University of Louisville for enrolled students with documented autism spectrum disorder are coordinated by Cathy Patus at the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Stevenson Hall, (502)-852-6938.

Resources at the University of Louisville for Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Pre-admission counseling. High school students, transfer students, or returning adult students are encouraged to call the DRC to schedule an appointment to discuss their interest in attending the University of Louisville.
  • University of Louisville requires the ACT (American College Test) for admission into degree-granting units of the university. Applicants with documented ASD are encouraged to seek accommodations on the ACT (may include extra time and testing in a reduced distraction environment). Accommodation on University placements tests may also be available.
  • Disability-related academic advising and planning that is supplemental to academic advising.
  • Supplemental note takers for eligible students.
  • Textbooks on tape or electronic format for eligible students.
  • Testing accommodations for eligible students. These accommodations may include additional time, reduced distraction environment, and other appropriate accommodation.
  • Advocacy for/by students is a high priority at the DRC, which may include intervention with faculty and instructors as appropriate.
  • Provision to faculty of information about autism spectrum disorder
  • Personal counseling is provided through the Counseling Center.
  • Career exploration is available through the Career Development Center.
  • REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement) is the University of Louisville’s centralized academic support unit designed for undergraduate students. It provides math tutoring, general tutoring, computer tutoring, and study skills.
  • University Writing Center supports writers and the teaching of writing. The center provides a comfortable place to write, to collaborate with other writers, and to use writing resources. In serving the university community, the center complements and supplements classroom instruction at all levels to promote attitudes and abilities essential to writing well, including confidence, skill, knowledge, creativity, and comfort.

For additional information, contact:

Colleen Martin, Director
Disability Resource Center
119 Stevenson Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-6938

Online Resources

Kentucky Autism Training Center

Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview External link


Disability Resource Center

119 Stevenson Hall

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Office Hours

M-F 8:00am to 5:00 pm


tel (502) 852-6938

fax (502) 852-0924

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