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College Access Navigators (CAN)

College Access Navigators (CAN) is an innovative support program for ASD students and students with ADD/ADHD to assist them in accessing campus resources. Willamette University strives to ensure that the autistic and ADD/ADHD student populations have access to student support, academic advising, course instructions, and campus activities. CAN was piloted by the Student Success Hub Fall 2019 in collaboration with the Autism Spectrum Navigators program at Bellevue College in Washington State. As of Fall 2023, we will be starting our fifth cohort of CAN students.

Our mission is to provide advocacy and access services for ASD students and students with ADD/ADHD that lead to successful academic outcomes while providing educational opportunities that increase self-knowledge in the areas of executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction, self-advocacy and career preparation; and to actively promote a campus and community environment of inclusion and understanding of students, faculty and staff with neurological differences. For more information, please check out our CAN Presentation (Google Slides).

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted to Willamette University
  • Identify as either ASD or ADD/ADHD
  • Be willing and able to participate in all aspects and commitments of the program including  weekly navigation assistant (peer mentor) meetings and regular workshop attendance.

If you are a prospective student interested in the CAN program, please contact us at for more information.

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Willamette University

Accessible Education Services

Salem Campus

Smullin 155
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6737 voice
503-370-6647 fax

Portland Campus

Room 270
Pacific Northwest College of Art
511 NW Broadway
Portland Oregon 97227 U.S.A.