The Spectrum Support Program is equipped to serve a finite number of students each academic year. Visit apply for more information.
Please note that application for admittance to RIT and application to Spectrum Support Program are separate and distinct processes. Admittance to RIT does not guarantee a student will be eligible for SSP support. SSP staff will determine each student's eligibility for services based on space and fit. Due to the limited space in the program, some eligible students may not be offered coaching supports.
Program participants are paired with a trained Coach who will provide individualized guidance toward academic, social and career related goals. Coaches work with students to support the development of skills and confidence in advocating with professors, negotiating the residential experience, utilizing RIT resources, engaging with extracurricular clubs and events, navigating new and challenging situations, as well as building skills and exploring strategies related to organizing and prioritizing academic work. During regular business hours, SSP staff are available to program participants for drop-in coaching and support.
We utilizs both trained graduate students, from RIT or local colleges who have both skills and interest in working with people with disabilities, and professionals with background and experience in Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related areas.
All SSP Coaches receive comprehensive training in working with college students on the autism spectrum and receive close supervision and support from the SSP Director and Assistant Director.
Cross Campus Collaboration and Referral
SSP staff work with students and cross campus partners to facilitate the connection to appropriate resources, make targeted referrals, and provide follow-up support. Cross campus partners include: Academic Advising; Residence Life; Disability Services Office; Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services; Academic Success Center; Counseling and Psychological Services.....and more
Customized Seminar Courses
Unique seminar courses are taught in collaboration with the Career Services Office and deliver critical skill development and support for SSP participants, primarily focused on navigating the job search process in order to meet cooperative education requirements and transition to employment experiences.
Sponsored Social Events
Program participants are invited to attend organized events sponsored by the Spectrum Support Program. Past events include weekly Community Meet-Up, Friday dinner meet-ups and game nights.
NHI was developed to strengthen the graduation and employment outcomes of neurodiverse students by connecting them with employers who are seeking to diversify their workforce.