The Spectrum Support Program seeks to demonstrate collegiate success for students who identify with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) entering degree programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. Having one of the largest STEM program portfolios in the country as well as a robust disabilities service program, RIT is uniquely suited to provide innovative programming students with ASD. With over 80 students who have identified with ASD currently enrolled at RIT, this program is poised to support an increase in the success rate of such students in persisting through and graduating from college as well as achieving successful placement in the workforce.
This comprehensive support program coordinates services to aid participants in successfully transitioning through significant academic stages and thereby maintaining good academic standing in degree programs. Program participants are assigned a case manager who responds to each participant's complex set of challenges through individualized assessment, program planning and coordination of services. Peer coach supports provide students with individual sessions aimed at building and refining the skills necessary for success at RIT. Professional development offerings provide the information, training and support staff and faculty need to adequately support the success of students with ASD at RIT.
Project Goals and Objectives:
- To support students during the transition into college by using case management and peer coaching models.
- To support students in maintaining academic success and persisting toward the achievement of their degree.
- To support students and assist potential employers in allowing for successful transition into the workforce.
- To explore potential alliances with local, regional and national organizations to support students with ASD in the college environment.