Autism Initiatives is dedicated to assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their family and friends, by helping them find support and resources that may help the students become successful. DEI promotes inclusion across the university by partnering with many other offices, such as: Student Accessibility Services (SAS), TRIO Student Support Services, and Psychological Services. DEI also works with The Autism Initiative for Research, Education, and Outreach (AIREO) which offers programs such as: Partnering for Achievement and Learning Success (P.A.L.S.) and a College Success Program for students with Asperger's or Autism.

Another goal of this initiative is to spread autism awareness and understanding.  According to the CDC, statistics indicate that about 1 in 59 (up from the previous estimate of 1 in 68) have been identified with ASD.  Further, ASD is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means no two people with autism have exactly the same symptoms.  This often causes the disorder to be misunderstood. Therefore, DEI is working on this initiative to help spread autism awareness and understanding which, in turn, will help towards the spread of acceptance of all our differences. 

Autism Student Organization - Autism Connections Kent

Autism Connections Kent (ACK) is a student organization created by autistic students and allies with a focus on promoting autism acceptance on campus.

For more information about Autism Connections Kent, email or visit the organization at and


Read more about Kent State Students forming a new Autism student organization

Kent State recognized for autism initiatives by,, and

  • Listed in The Online College Plan’s  “Top 20 Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism”-Ranked #10


  • Listed in College Choice’s “2017 Best Colleges for Autistic Students”-Ranked #5


  • Listed in Best Value Schools’ “25 Best Colleges for Students With Autism 2018” (.org)-Ranked #7


  • Listed in the Best Value Schools’ “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2017-2018” (.com)-Ranked #20

  • Listed in the Best Value Schools’ “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2019” (.com)-Ranked #20


2018 Best Value Schools Badge
2017 Best Value Schools Badge
2017 College Choice Badge
Online College Plan Badge




Autism Task Force

The Autism Task Force is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and parents who work together to support and empower students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Kent State University. This committee meets throughout the academic year to discuss challenges, resources, projects, and how we can promote success for ASD students.  Anyone and everyone interested in joining the committee is more than welcome to our team. 

To join the Autism Task Force, please contact Gina Campana,

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        Kent State Autism Connections on Social Media

Please check out the Facebook page, “Kent State Autism Connections”.  This group is a safe place for any student that attends Kent State University who is on the Autism Spectrum, plus their family and friends. We strive to provide support and information that will be helpful during the college years. 

Follow KSUASD on Facebook