Higher Education

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt 2 or email info@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

Financial Aid Guide for Higher Education Students with Disabilities

AffordableColleges.com’s mission is to help students earn their degree without taking on thousands of dollars in debt. This site is a free resource designed to help everyone address the costs of college while pursuing their goals. Affordable College's has created a financial resource guide for students with disabilities. This guide includes:

  • A curated list of more than 85 disability-specific scholarships

  • Strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources

  • An overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options


Website: http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-students-with-disabilities/

Mosaic is a multifaceted and comprehensive program developed to support the holistic needs of UTC students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This program has been in existence since 2008 and was developed out of the request and expressed needs of students with ASD.  Due to the director’s previous experience with ASD and the drive to provide this population of students with the support they may need, the program has grown into one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. UTC's MoSAIC program contains four primary components: a credit bearing course with a fully established curriculum with a letter grade attached, academic/life coaching, peer/faculty mentoring, and required supervised study hours. For more information about the program components, click here. Keep in mind that there is an application process for the MoSAIC program, but in the same vein, prospective students are more than welcome to visit the program prior to committing. For more information, click on the "MoSAIC at UTC" heading above to be led to the website.

Contact Info:

  • Michelle Rigler - Director - at 423-425-4008 or Michelle-Rigler@utc.edu

  • Amy Rutherford - Assistant Director - at 423-425-2202 or Amy-Rutherford@utc.edu

  • Martin Davis - Internal Program Specialist - at 423-425-5122 or Martin-Davis@utc.edu

  • Jaime Butler - External Program Specialist - at 423-425-5123 or Jaime-Butler@utc.edu

  • Disability Resource Center - 108 University Center, Dept. 2953, 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN, 37403 - phone: 423-425-4006 - fax: 423-425-2288

Group of Higher Education practitioners who research neurodiversity. They welcome 10-15 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the fall semester to be part of the Mosaic Program on college campuses. 


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Trousdale School serves high functioning adults with intellectual disabilities, providing academics and life skills for the purpose of learning independence. Trousdale strives to be an authentic community in which students are empowered to continue learning across all dimensions of their lives, both inside and outside the classroom. All students are age 22 or older. Trousdale School’s holistic approach to education includes classes in traditional academic subjects (such as science, math, and reading), the arts (drama, music, and visual arts), as well as electives (cooking, gardening, etc).  Students play on sports teams and receive training in personal fitness and computers.  Trousdale School also provides programming that teaches life skills, as well as vocational coaching with the goal of job placement for each interested student.  The educational approach of “life-wide” learning does not simply focus on one particular subset of skills with an individual, but rather it focuses on skills and interests across the whole life of that individual. For information on the typical Trousdale School student and Trousdale School's admissions process, click here.

Contact Trousdale School:

Trousdale School

3171 Hewitt St. SE

Cleveland, TN 37323



UT Futures Program is a two-year nonresidential Comprehensive Transition Program program that culminates in a Postsecondary Educational Certificate from UT as designated by the US Department of Education. Students receive training in academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills. Most FUTURE students are eligible for financial aid including the Tennessee STEP UP Scholarship. In order to qualify for the UT Futures Program, prospective students must be 18 to 29 years of age, have completed high school, be unable to enroll and/or not likely to be successful in a “regular” college or university program with accommodations, and be diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

Contact Info:

430 Claxton Complex

1122 Volunteer Boulevard

Knoxville, TN 37996-3452

Phone: 865-974-9176

Fax: 865-974-9535


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Chattanooga Autism Center

1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 531-6961 (option 2)

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