Information for TU Students

Program for Towson University Students with Autism:  College Orientation & Life Activities

The College Orientation and Life Activities Program (COLA) is designed for Towson University students with autism who would like support in adjusting to college life.

This program offers support in areas important for success in a college environment – academic, social, and independent living - as well as exploring work opportunities while planning for the future.

Our COLA program is individualized—with each student’s goals being the focus of her or his program.  Each COLA program student meets weekly with a Hussman Center staff member to discuss his/her goals, challenges, and successes. In addition, each COLA students has a Towson University student peer mentor who supports them in developing and trying out strategies. 

Financial awards may be available and could cover up to 80% of program costs for eligible participants. 

For additional information please send an email to the Hussman Center at 


Towson University Student Involvement

Students at Towson University can become involved in the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism through service-learning related courses, internships, social group attendance or participation in our LAPS for Autism annual fund raiser or other opportunities.

More than 200 Towson University students a year are involved in learning experiences in programs and Social Groups at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism. Students learn to interact with adults with autism as peers and members of the community.  Students in professional preparation programs learn best practices for working with adults on the spectrum Students who participate in these programs report this being consider this a life-changing experience. Many decide to go on to careers working in the field of autism.  Many report key ways that they can support more inclusive communities and  help advocate for more accepting workplaces.

For more information about Towson University classes associated with the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, please contact the Hussman Center directly.