Thank you for your interest in the College Supports Program (CSP) at the Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center! The program is designed to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they transition into college and through completion of their degree.
Students accepted into our program must first be admitted into Eastern Michigan University on their own merit and have the ability to succeed in college but require more help than their typical peers to complete a college degree. Each student receives support in academics, accommodations, independent living, healthy living and social skills. The fee-based program works in conjunction with the many free supports offered through the EMU Disability Resource Center (DRC).
Academics: Students receive assistance in designing their academic programs, registering for classes, and making schedule changes. The CSP staff is available to facilitate communication with professors regarding class requirements and any classroom behavior issues that might need to be addressed. One-on-one mentors help students with course material and in meeting due dates of classroom assignments. Mentors may also attend classes with a student as needed.
Accommodations: CSP staff works closely with the EMU Disability Resource Center to ensure that appropriate accommodations are provided. Accommodations may include note taking, taking quizzes and exams in a non-distractive setting, and/or extended time for tests. CSP staff also provides study tables and drop-in tutoring hours in addition to those provided by the Holman Success Center.
Independent Living: CSP staff assists students to develop the skills necessary to live independently such as maintaining their dorm room, doing laundry, organizational skills, and time management. Staff also helps students develop self-advocacy skills in a variety of ways such as accompanying students to their professors' office hours to ask for assistance.
Healthy Living: CSP staff may assist with medication management, weekly fitness programs, diet/nutrition, as well as healthy and safe adult relationships.
Social Skills: Social skills education is built into all aspects of the program. The goal is to integrate every student fully into life at Eastern Michigan University. Program staff assists students in participating in any social, sporting, theater, or special event on campus that might be interesting to our students. In addition, the program creates unique social events for the students to spend time together.
The ultimate goal for each student who is part of the program is to graduate having had a full, typical, college experience. The scope of the support offered and skills taught not only help our students graduate, but also ensure that they will be successful, productive, and happy citizens at EMU and for the rest of their lives.
If you need additional assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact our office at 734-487-6483.
For application materials, please click here.