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ASK Program Overview

ASK is a no-cost voluntary program for Kirkwood Community College students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASK works with students to create an individualized plan that builds academic and social skills necessary for college success. Our program includes weekly meetings with Educational Coaches and structured Social Events. We integrate Kirkwood resources, community partnerships and research-based interventions and curriculums. Educational Coaches are available Monday through Friday, typically from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Support Offered

  • Executive Functioning - Time and assignment management, organization, problem-solving

  • Social Skills - Verbal/non-verbal communication, behaviors, hidden social rules, relationships

  • Connection to Resources – Advising, accommodations, tutoring, career services, IVRS, counseling

  • Skills to Independence – Self-advocacy, resilience, budgeting, planning

  • Job Readiness – resumes, interview practice, hidden curriculum on the job

Support Not Provided

  • Housing

  • In-home support/OT assistance

  • Transportation to & from campus

  • Para education support*

* A student that requires or desires para education support is responsible for arranging and paying for this type of service.


  1. Register for at least two Kirkwood credit courses

  2. Request accommodations through the Learning Services department at and provide documentation of an Autism Spectrum Disorder

How to Apply

  1. Schedule an informational meeting

  2. Submit ASK Application and Survey for the College Bound

ASK Program

Educational Coaches

Arlene English,

Elissa Teets,

Learning Services, Cedar Hall 2023
319-398-5574 Alt