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Application Process

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” Albert Einstein


Characteristics of Potential Students:


  • Must have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum
  • Self-motivated and is a hard worker
  • Exhibits drive to obtain a college experience
  • May have attended college classes, but did not succeed in the traditional setting
  • Have a knowledge of their own learning style, strengths and weaknesses
  • Have the ability to express their needs and advocate for themselves
  • Have the skills and willingness to solve problems
  • Demonstrate vocational motivation, have realistic vocational goals and the potential to work independently
  • Have the ability to interact with peers, instructors and supervisors in a positive and constructive manner in the classroom, work, internship and social settings
  • Demonstrate effective time management, organizational skills and the ability to focus on the task-at-hand for 30+ minutes
  • Have the ability to control behavior, manage emotions and recognize safety risks
  • Are free from disruptive behavior and do not pose a substantial health and /or safety risk to themselves or others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use good judgment, maintain professional behavior, and perform in a community college and employment environment
  • Able to arrange own transportation


The Process:


  • Referrals for students will be made by DDS Area Office Service Coordinators and Autism Service Coordinators
  • Prospective students will complete an application for admission
  • Applicants deemed eligible for the program will participate in a 2-part, in-person assessment: 1st - Campus visit; the 2nd is the in-person interview with the Program Director and other staff members
  • Applicants accepted into the program will attend an orientation luncheon





Orientation Luncheon:


  • Campus tour - where classes will be held, the library, cafeteria, campus police and other pertinent space that the students should be familiar with
  • Scope of the Program- introduction to the first year courses and general overview for the full 3 years. Class schedules will be reviewed.
  • Introduction to educational support tools - organizers, iPads, or other provided materials
  • Review of policies and procedures for student safety and expectations of participation in the program