Summer pilot program designed to help students with autism prepare for college

This past summer, five high school juniors and seniors with autism spent five weeks living on campus, taking a Psychology 100 class and engaging in the University of Maine community as part of a pilot program called Step Up. 

The program, designed to help students gain skills and experience in areas associated with postsecondary education success for persons with disabilities, was offered by the Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in collaboration with the UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, the College of Education and Human Development, and Student Accessibility Services.

Step Up was modeled on the successful college prep initiative offered by the Department of Labor’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

A full story about Step Up is online.