The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mission Statement

The WV Autism Training Center’s College Program provides individualized skill building and therapeutic supports to degree seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorder through a mentored environment while navigating a college experience.

Program Description

Program Overview

The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder was established in 2002. Students participating in the program have met acceptance criteria for Marshall University and have been admitted to The College Program through a separate application process. The program uses a positive behavior support approach to assist participating students. Social, communication, academic, leisure and personal living skills are assessed through person-centered planning.

Description of Services

The College Program uses a person-centered, positive behavior support approach to assist participating students in planning for their college experience, and carrying out efforts to meet their personal and academic goals. Personal goals are identified and strategies are developed based on the individual needs in the areas of: Social, Communication, Academic, Leisure and Personal Living.

Application Process

Specified deadline: February 1st for semester and May 1st for high-school summer.

Target Population

  • Autism or Aspberger

Resources

Jackie Clark bioJackie Clark, M.A.T., is the Assistant Coordinator for The College Program for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Clark has provided individualized and person-centered supports for college students with ASD at Marshall University for 8 years. Ms. Clark holds an undergraduate degree in History, and a master’s degree in Teaching. She is also a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. Her research has focused on the housing and residential life needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their transition to college.


Hillary Adams bio:  Hillary Adams, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Adams is a doctoral candidate for Education Leadership in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University and has worked for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2011. Her interests and research focus on educating community members with best practices for the inclusion and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly those within a higher education setting.

Program at a glance

How many students are enrolled in this program? 50-99

What are the annual costs for a student to attend this program? $5,000-$9,999

Is this program public? Yes

Is this program fee-based? Yes

how large is the instition associated with this program? 10,000-24,999

What type of institution is associated with this program? University