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    Many post-secondary institutions around the country offer training and certification programs as well as individualized and group support services. If you would like to add your listing to this page, contact Jane Brown at . Please include the name of the school, program name, URL, brief description of services, contact information and costs as appropriate.




    SUMMER PROGRAMS

    June
    Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    The Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE) is the perfect opportunity for high school students in grades 9-11 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their parents, to obtain valuable information pertaining to post-secondary education and career exploration. The ASPIE program will run for two consecutive days on June 23-24, 2016. It will give participants the opportunity to experience living on campus by staying overnight in the housing complex. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 12.
    July
    Pennsylvania
    Mercyhurst University
    The CREATE Summer Program (formerly known as Foundations) is specifically designed for college-bound teenagers with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning Autism Disorder. The program focuses on the development of skills necessary to succeed in college and includes therapeutic, learning and social components. To qualify, students must be in at least the 11th grade. The cost of the program is $4,500 and includes a $200 application fee, room, board, activity fees and tuition for a three-credit college course.
    July-August
    Massachusetts
    Boston College
    Next Step: College Success and Independent Living is a week-long overnight summer experience for young adults in grades 10-13 with social challenges. This is a college readiness program focused on the development of social and independent living skills for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Cognitive Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disability and other related differences. Next Step is a program of Judge Baker Children's Center and runs from July 31-August 5, 2016. Scholarship requests are due by Friday, May 20th. For more information, download the full brochure or watch a video on the website. For more help, contact nextstep@jbcc.harvard.edu or call (617-278-4119).



    2-YEAR, 4-YEAR & SECONDARY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

    Alabama University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders College Transition and Support Program (UA-ACTS)
    Comprehensive academic and behavioral supports. $3000 per semester
    Arkansas University of Arkansas Autism Support Program
    Comprehensive services to our students in the areas of academics, social skills, and transitioning to independent adult roles. For more information, please contact Dr. Aleza Greene, 479-595-6071, asgreene@uark.edu. $5000 per semester.
    California Transition to Independent Living Program at Taft College-California
    Post-secondary program focused on independent living skills
    Florida Nova Southeastern University
    Access Plus. a comprehensive program for services, academic, residential and vocational. $8,000 per semsester. Contact Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director of the Autism Institute, at 954-262-7129 or kabot@nova.edu.
    Florida University of West Florida
    The Autism Inclusion Program is offered by Inclusion Services and Programs in the Division of Student Affairs. The program provides academic, social, life skills, and career planning support to students with Autism (Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism) who attend the University of West Florida. Key areas include Academic Support, Social and Community Involvement, Transition and Life Skills, Career Preparation.For more information, contact Dr. Vannee Cao-Nguyen at 850.474.2387 or vcao@uwf.edu.
    Illinois Students with Autism Transitional Education Program (STEP)
    Eastern Illinois University's Students with Autism Transitional Education Program focuses on providing enhanced support in three main skill set areas. A solid foundation of Academic, Social , and Daily-living (ASD) skill sets is crucial for the success of post-secondary students. Cost is $1000 a semester, and students can be in it as many semesters as they like from 1-graduation. For more information, contact STEP@eiu.edu.
    Iowa Loras College
    Students enrolled in the program will meet weekly with their Lynch Learning Center coach and attend weekly study table sessions and bi-monthly mentoring meetings. In addition to skill building, students will receive specialized career prep including job shadowing, career fairs, internships and one-on-one resume and cover letter counseling.
    Kentucky Western Kentucky University
    The Kelly Autism Program offers student support and mentoring. $3,000 per semester. Contact sarah.mcmaine@wku.edu or 270-745-5264 for more information.
    Massachusetts Western New England University
    Mentoring program in conjunction with ABA doctoral program and the psychology department. Contact Bonnie Alpert through Disability Services at 413-782-1257.
    Michigan Eastern Michigan University
    College Supports Program - For more information, contact Callie Boik at 734-487-4418 or cboik2@emich.edu.
    Michigan Eastern Michigan University
    Individualized support services. $4,400 - $8,500 per semester
    Minnesota University of Minnesota, Morris
    At the University of Minnesota Morris, the LINK program provides comprehensive, individualized peer mentoring to assist with organization, planning, social support, academic assistance, and career preparation. No charge for qualifying University of Minnesota Morris students. Contact Chris Dallager at dallager@morris.umn.edu or 320-589-6163.
    New Jersey Fairleigh Dickinson University: COMPASS Program
    The Metropolitan Campus COMPASS Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University is an individually tailored, comprehensive, academic and social support program for up to six college students with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome in each incoming class.
    New Jersey Rutgers University
    The College Support Program (CSP), under the direction of Rutgers Health Services-Counseling, Alcohol & other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), supports students who are first accepted to the University and then to the CSP as they begin, continue and prepare to graduate from the University. The CSP is a comprehensive program that assists students through provision of direct service and collaboration with University services that address executive functioning, social competence, academic skills, self-care, self-advocacy and career preparation. Applications, documentation and in-person interviews required. Fee: $3500/semester (minimum of two consecutive semesters recommended). For more information, call 848-932-7884.
    New York Daemen College
    Provides individualized transition support and life skills mentoring to students on the spectrum. Contact Jennifer Runco at jrunco@daemen.edu for more information.
    New York Adelphi University
    The Bridges to Adelphi Program at Adelphi University provides comprehensive academic, social, and vocational support services to students with A.S., or other non-verbal learning disorders. $2750 per semester above other tuition, fees and charges. Contact bridges@adelphi.edu for more information.
    New York Rochester Institute of Technology
    Provides individualized support to students on the Spectrum
    Ohio Defiance College
    ASD Affinity Program - Comprehensive academic, social and residential support services that assist students with ASD in reaching their personal and professional goals, $10,230 per semester, financial aid available. Contact Brad Harsha at 419-783-2365 or bharsha@defiance.edu.
    Ohio Wright State University
    The Office of Disability Services (OSD) at Wright State University developed the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program to provide an additional layer of individualized support for students on the spectrum throughout their transition to college, particulary in their first year on campus. For full information, please download our our online brochure.
    Pennsylvania Eastern University
    The College Success Program for Students Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a comprehensive program providing academic, social, life skills, and cultural supports to undergraduate students living with ASD. $6500 per semester. Contact Douglas Cornman at 484-654-2378 or dcornman@eastern.edu.
    Pennsylvania Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    The Labyrinth Center provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to support IUP students with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) as they build relationships, gain independence, experience academic success, and graduate from IUP with the professional and personal skills needed to embark on a fulfilling life and career.
    Pennsylvania Mercyhurst University
    The AIM Program at Mercyhurst University supports students in all areas of the college experience, including campus life as well as class work. Students are evaluated in key domains that are essential to higher education and vocational success. These A.I.S.E domains explore functioning in Academic, Independent, Social and Emotional areas. Students enrolling in AIM pay an annual fee that covers services and resources provided throughout the academic year. Contact Brad McGarry at (814) 824-2451 or bmcgarry@mercyhurst.edu for more information.
    Pennsylvania St. Joseph's University
    Located in the office of student. Success and retention Program costs $3,000 per year for students. Meet with advisor bi-weekly Has social worker and psychologist on staff.
    Tennessee Austin Peay State University
    A pilot program providing peer mentors , life coaches and additional supports. Contact Dr. Gina Grogan at 931.221.7546 or grogang@apsu.edu.
    Tennessee University of Tennessee Chattanooga
    Mosaic is a multifaceted and comprehensive program developed to support the holistic needs of UTC students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Contact Michelle Rigler at 423-425-4008 or Michelle-Rigler@utc.edu.
    Texas Texas Tech University
    The Project CASE (Connections for Academic Success and Employment) program at Texas Tech University assists students with autism and other complex developmental disabilities to successfully navigate college. Using a strengths-based evaluation and planning process, individualized plans are created for each student to address key life domains that are critical to completing a college degree or certificate that will lead to competitive employment in a field of the student’s choice. Students enrolled in Project CASE pay a fee each semester they are enrolled at Texas Tech University or South Plains College that covers services, resources, and supports provided throughout the academic year. The program fees are $6,000 per fall and spring semester; $1500 per summer session. Contact Dr. DeAnn Lechtenberger at deann.lechtenberger@ttu.edu for more information. A one-page info sheet plus brochure is available as a PDF download.
    Texas Tarrant County College
    TCC has designed a new class especially for adult students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Instructors with specialized training will help students prepare for college. The introductory class, Autism I, primarily provides students with academic and social support.
    Virginia George Mason University
    Comprehensive, individualized services to support Mason students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services in the areas of academics, social skills, communication, and transition into university life. $3200 per semester. For more information, contact Jessica Machado at jmachado@gmu.edu or (703) 993-2474.
    Virginia Virginia Tech - STEPS Program
    The STEPS (Stepped Transition for Students with ASD) Program at Virginia Tech provides services to promote transition to college for local high school students and success for current college students. This program is funded by a federal grant (NIMH; PI White). There is no cost for participation to families, but families must be local (in southwestern Virginia - no residential). Contact psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com for more information.
    Washington Mainstay/SAILS Program
    The SAILS (Supported Academics and Independent Life Skills) program begins with a summer class called, College 101 that helps get students prepared for the following academic quarter and then we provide ongoing support tailored to the student's needs while they attend their classes at Seattle Central College. We provide support to students by facilitating communication with instructors, hosting monthly cohort meetings with peer groups, employment/vocational readiness, and assistance with time management and goal building. For more information contact Weston Brewer at Weston.Brewer@SeattleColleges.edu.
    Washington Bellevue College - Autism Spectrum Navigators program (Washington State)
    Access services for autistic students, including individualized peer mentoring, and facilitated communication with instructors. No charge for program services, other than tuition for 2-credit course taken with cohort students each quarter. Quarterly parent meetings with student permission.
    West Virginia College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome at Marshall University- West VA Autism Training Center
    Positive behavior and academic support. $3200 per semester.
    Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College
    "Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College" - WNPR News

    Forbes.com: More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum
    "More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum" - Forbes

    The Village Voice: With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help
    "With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help" - The Village Voice

    Autistic, And College-Bound on Vermont Edition of NPR
    "Autistic, And College-Bound" - NPR

    CBS News story on Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum
    "Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum" - CBS News

    USA Today College : Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum
    "Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum" - USA Today

    NPR - All Things Considered
    "Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College" - NPR


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