Program Overview

The College Link Program provides specialized support services not covered by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Below are many of the services the program offers.

Transition

  • Collaborative support from high school to the four year institution or from the community college to the university
  • Development of the University Education Plan (UEP) – similar to the intent of high school IEP, but not a legal document

Intake

  • A comprehensive process involving student/family/relevant university professionals (including College Link and Accessibility Services staff)
  • Determination of academic and independent living skills
  • Establishment of individual goals and monitoring of progress
  • Establishment of a privacy agreement to share student information with parents, instructors and relevant academic community members

Individual Support

  • Communication with relevant caregivers who can act as a liaison between faculty and campus support staff
  • One-on-one support from CLP staff with time and task management, organization, wellness support, and academic/independent living skills coaching
  • Accessible technology training

Group Structure and Support

  • Structured study groups for homework completion
  • Facilitated opportunities for social engagement with peers in both College Link and the larger campus community
  • Project Impact workshops, including time management, personal development skills, personal finance and study strategies. For more information on Project Impact, please visit their website at: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/project-impact/index.html

Research

College Link is also involved in the research and development of campus-wide initiatives to support students with ASD. This research also provides College Link with important measures of student development in specific areas:

  • Pre- and post-test standardized measures of independent living, social and academic skills
  • Quarterly assessment and development of University Education Plan goals

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