Beyond Equity and Access: Fostering an Inclusive Campus Climate for Post-Secondary Students with Autism who are Non-Speaking

Author: Talar Touloumdjian

Talar Touloumdjian is the Coordinator of Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) at California State University Channel Islands. Originally from the Los Angeles County, Talar is a graduate of California State University Northridge (CSUN), where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Services. Talar has had great opportunities working in higher education at several institutions supporting students with disabilities. Her role has focused on providing counseling and academic coaching to students with disabilities through individual and group sessions, coordinating a first year transition program, overseeing and training peer mentors, providing consultation to faculty and staff, as well as modifying policies and procedures to continually improve program effectiveness. Talar currently serves on a variety of committees representing the interest of students with disabilities which had allowed her to create collaborative relationships with campus partners, with the ultimate goal of ensuring an inclusive educational environment for all students.