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Full Spectrum Learning

Are you ready to succeed in college? This program is designed to meet the unique needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are student-driven, research-based, and results-oriented. FSL staff work with students to develop the skills necessary to thrive academically, socially, and professionally.

What is Full Spectrum Learning?

The Full Spectrum Learning (FSL) program, based in the Eriksson College of Education, is tailored to the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), offering class cohorts with other participants, peer and faculty mentors, tutors, study hours and support meetings with FSL staff.

Our Mission 

Full Spectrum Learning is committed to helping students with Autism Spectrum Disorder embrace lifelong learning so that they can complete their college degree, transition into the workforce, and lead a successful life. By using a student-driven, research-based, and results-oriented method to drive decision-making, we strive to meet the academic, social and independence needs of all participants. We see the potential in all of our students, and it is our ambition to increase recruitment, retention and engagement as well as to nurture a culture of awareness and acceptance at Austin Peay State University. 

Core Values

Why Choose Us?

At Austin Peay State University, we provide support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and see the potential they have for independence and a successful life. Full Spectrum Learning's primary purpose is to increase the success of students with ASD in the areas of academics, engagement and retention at APSU. We achieve this purpose by offering multiple services, which focus on independence, academics and social skills. We want to help you achieve your dreams by supporting you each step of the way.

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A home away from home: APSU's Full Spectrum Learning program empowers students with autism

For students with autism spectrum disorder at Austin Peay State University, the Full Spectrum Learning (FSL) program is more than a support system - it's a pathway to empowerment that allows them to confidently pursue their dreams.

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Austin Peay hosts unique career fair tailored for students with autism
Austin Peay hosts unique career fair tailored for students with autism

Austin Peay State University hosts a pioneering Reverse Career Fair designed for students with autism, fostering a supportive environment tailored to their needs for connecting with employers and preparing for successful careers post-graduation through the Full Spectrum Learning program.

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Austin Peay State University employee reflects on U.S. citizenship journey

Emmanuel Méjeun's U.S. journey began in 2010 when he arrived to study music and education. In the aftermath of a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in his hometown of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, that same year, Méjeun's arrival in Clarksville supported his dreams, reinvigorated his passions and became a second home. In October 2023, Méjeun took an important step to make this sense of home more official - he became a U.S. citizen.

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More autism spectrum students finding success through Austin Peay's FSL program

During the last academic year, six FSL students earned their degrees, and this fall, the program registered 33 students - a record number for the program.

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"FSL provided me an environment in which I could honestly explain any problem and formulate strategies to rectify, thus aiding my success."


“I feel free. These are my people. It’s the one space where I can actually just be my most natural self and not feel weird about it.”

FSL Student

“I want to say thank you to everyone working in FSL for everything that you all do. I feel more confident about when I graduate thanks to the people in FSL. And thank you for the practice through the mock interviews and the reverse career fair as well.”

FSL Student

“I'm very grateful to have been enrolled into FSL. Everything here helped me improve my performance from last semester and effectively manage all responsibilities. I'm looking forward to returning next academic year!”