Spectrum Support Program Services Update (Coronavirus):

SSP Coaching will continue, as scheduled beginning March 23rd, via an online platform (BlueJeans or Zoom Meeting). The SSP office will be closed to student traffic until further notice. Students needing additional support can request a meeting with SSP staff via Calendly.

RIT’s Coronavirus information website.

Financial Support

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies often provide financial support for Spectrum Support Program enrollment fees.  Students who are eligible, or believe they may be eligible, for Vocational Rehabilitation support should contact their local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to inquire.  A list of state Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies can be found here

Students who are not eligible for VR support and have financial concerns that would preclude program enrollment should email ssp@rit.edu to inquire about financial assistance options.

Scholarships for students with disabilities

Organization for Autism Research

Scholarship for Students with Autistic Sibling

Money Geek: Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities Scholarship

Current graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students in the United States with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s can use the $500 for tuition or textbook expenses.

Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities Scholarship
827 South Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(877) 243-2331

Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program

Sponsored by the Autism Society of America, the Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 annually to an outstanding individual with autism who has excelled in one or more areas of life experiences or contributions. Eligible candidates must be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational or vocational program of study within the United States for consideration.

Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program
4340 East-West Highway Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-0881

CVS Caremark All Kids Can Scholars Program

Offers annual renewable scholarships for up to $1,000 for a maximum of four years to individuals diagnosed with autism who have successfully met all of the requirements for admission into any accredited post-secondary academic or vocational program in the United States. All self-nominated applicants for this scholarship must be members in good standing with the Autism Society of America.

CVS Caremark All Kids Can Scholars Program
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 765-1500

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

Grants at least $1,500 annually to one or more high school seniors with a certified disability, including autism or Asperger’s, who plan to have a career in the visual arts. Eligible candidates must have verified financial need, exhibit visual arts talent, and provide proof of acceptance into an accredited two-year community college or four-year university.

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
152 P. Buckley Moss Drive
Waynesboro, VA 22980
(540) 932-1728

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is offering a $1,000 scholarship for a student living with autism, or whose loved one is living with autism.  The Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship is open to high-achieving students who meet two key criteria:

Either you or a close family member has been diagnosed with a form of autism, including Asperger syndrome, and Applicant must be an enrolled student at an accredited college, university, or vocational school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the semester for which the application is being offered.

The Perecman Firm Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship