ASD Affinity Program

The ASD Affinity Program is designed for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Are 18-24 at initial enrollment
  • Have a documented diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (DSM-5), autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) (DSM-IV-TR) (as indicated by a psychological evaluation)
  • Have an average intellectual ability (e.g., intelligence quotient > 80 as determined by intelligence testing)
  • Meet the Defiance College academic admissions requirements. Consideration for admission to the ASD Affinity Program also requires completion of the separate application for undergraduate admission.
  • Are independent with self-care and hygiene skills (e.g., bathing, oral hygiene, shaving)
  • Are independent with all medication administration
  • Have no documented incidents of aggressive behavior toward others or self-harm within the last 5 years


The following confidential documents must be submitted in order for ASD Affinity Program applicants to receive full consideration by the admissions committee. Please fax any paper documents to 419-784-4101, scan and email to, or mail to Clarissa Barnes, ASD Affinity Program, 701 N. Clinton Street, Defiance, OH, 43512.



  • Current psychological evaluation or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) conducted within the last 3 years and including:
    • Results from intelligence testing (e.g., Stanford Binet IV, WAIS-IV)
    • Results from achievement testing (e.g., Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement)
      Note: Results should include subtest scores and a detailed narrative.
  • Documentation of ASD diagnosis/qualification of services
  • Most recent individualized educational plan (IEP), if applicable
  • Two letters of reference from a high school teacher, counselor, therapist, and/or principal. Letters of reference should speak to your preparation for college level academics and college life. 
  • Parent or support person performance ratings

After all print materials have been submitted and reviewed by the ASD Affinity admissions committee, candidates who meet the minimum admissions criteria will be contacted to complete an on-campus interview with the Director of the Hench Autism Studies Program and Coordinator of the ASD Affinity Program.