Rochester Institute of Technology has a growing number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) registered with the Disability Services Office. We value these students as part of our diverse community and acknowledge that some individuals may need additional support in realizing collegiate success.
RIT’s Spectrum Support Program (SSP) is one of the largest formal programs in the nation focused on meeting the unique needs of highly capable college students on the autism spectrum. This comprehensive support program coordinates services to assist students on the autism spectrum entering degree programs at RIT to successfully transition through significant academic stages. SSP seeks to support the success of enrolled students with services dedicated to success during the initial transition to RIT, persistence as students move toward graduation as well as support focused on workforce success.
SSP delivers individualized and small group skill development and support to address critical areas such as college transition, academic and social success, executive functioning and co-op preparation. The program responds to each participant's complex set of challenges through individualized assessment and program planning as well as coordination of services and cross campus collaboration of support. Professional development offerings provide information, training and support to faculty and staff to further safeguard the success of students with ASD at RIT.
Project Goals and Objectives:
- To support students with ASD during the transition into RIT
- To support students with ASD in maintaining academic success and persisting toward graduation
- To support students with ASD and assist potential employers in facilitating a successful transition into the workforce
- To create alliances locally, regionally and nationally to support students with ASD in the college environment