Program Overview

Eastern Michigan University's College Supports Program is aimed at increasing admissions, retention, and full matriculation for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through an individualized 24-hour supportive program.

In addition to academic achievement, efforts of this program include development of social-emotional and communication skills, as well as daily living skills needed for adult independence with the primary focus of supporting executive functioning for participants, which is their greatest challenge in the university environment.

How much does it cost?

Support is comprehensive, and we do not offer ala cart services. Fees for the College Supports Program are based on the demonstrated need, however, each client’s plan is individualized and priced accordingly. Current costs:

  • $5,500 per semester for academic coaching, structured study tables, writing support, advocacy, daily check-in, group support services, and basic organizational skills.
  • $7,000 and above per semester for all of the above plus life and social skills support, ongoing consultations with faculty and housing services, ongoing individual meetings, counseling, and parent support.

Family Involvement

A key component of CSP is family involvement. CSP recognizes that families play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their student. They are the most natural support system throughout life.

Given the overall high impact of ASD in the students enrolled in the program, it is certain their parents will continue to provide targeted supports to them post college life. 

Therefore, families are encouraged to take on an empowerment role by playing an active role in the problem solving and decision-making process. CSP involves families because their lived experiences are valued and encouraged by CSP staff.

Program Components

  • Study Tables Expand dropdown
    CSP provides mandatory study tables for participants that are held 7 days a week throughout nine different sessions.  These study tables are structured to provide individualized executive functioning support, as well as tutoring. Each student in the program has a required amount of study table time they have to obtain each each. Study table sessions are staffed by CSP employees and a study table supervisor.
  • In Class Academic Support Expand dropdown
    CSP provides one to one in class support. This support is provided my a CSP staffed mentor, who has had significant training in Autism Spectrum Disorders. These mentors are either graduate students or upperclassmen in fields ranging from social work to accounting. The mentors attend class with the student and act to facilitate both social and academic content with peers and the faculty. Mentors also assist and support note taking, in class accommodations and provide on the spot social coaching.
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    As part of the College Supports Program, each student is assigned an Academic Support Coach. The Academic Support Coach meets with each student once a week to cover all course work, upcoming projects/assignments, class participation, study table attendance, overall well-being, and identifying any on/off campus social events or student organizations on campus. The Academic Support Coach works with directly with each student's faculty to ensure that accommodations are being met, and an open line of communication is created.
  • Residential Support Expand dropdown
    The College Supports Program is not a residential program or a clinical program. Students enrolled in the College Supports Program collaborate with EMU's Disability Resource Center and Residence Life Office to consider single room accommodations and problem solve roommate issues; help set schedules for, and monitoring of, cleaning room, doing laundry, grocery shopping, etc.; yearly training of Housing staff including RAs; serve as 24/7 support to housing staff.
  • Daily Living Skills Expand dropdown
    Setting and maintaining schedules for personal hygiene, eating, sleeping, fitness program, and other self care tasks; campus navigation and understanding campus environments, developing visual supports as needed for all tasks; developing plans for independence; general problem solving, especially around staying up all night and medication management; coordination with on campus counseling, and other campus supports; coordination with mental health professionals the student may see off campus; specially designed Autism Health Education group.
  • Faculty Involvement Expand dropdown
    CSP staff reach out and request a meeting with each student's faculty instructors for every course, every semester to discuss strengths and challenges related to ASD that may present in class including a plan of action if needed; faculty resource as noted under academic supports; assisting student to effectively utilize faculty office hours; assist students to meet faculty within their major.