Mercyhurst Conference on Autism in Higher Education

 

November 1-2
Bayfront Convention Center 

The Conference on Autism in Higher Education is presented by Mercyhurst University and features many national leaders, authors, advocates and coordinators in the field of autism and specifically in higher education and vocational readiness. Mercyhurst’s collaboration with many of these individuals has helped to propel the AIM program to be recognized as one of the nation's leading programs for college readiness and vocational training to assist students in obtaining meaningful employment. 

The primary purpose of this conference is to disseminate information in the spirit of collaboration to continue to enhance the quality or services and resources, especially for adults on the autism spectrum attending college.  

 

AIM Mission

The mission of the Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) is to facilitate and support the successful adjustment and progression of college students on the autism spectrum in all domains of college life, thereby broadening their vocational opportunities, and enhancing social and community engagement. The AIM program strives to accentuate each students’ abilities within the academic, social, emotional, and independent-living domains, while building new skills within the domains where the student may be deficient.

 

AIM Statement:  The Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) was established in 2009 to meet the unique needs of the growing population of college students on the autism spectrum that are applying to higher education institutions in record numbers.  The AIM program has received national attention for on-campus programming.

 

Conference Statement: The Conference on Autism in Higher Education is presented by Mercyhurst University and features many national leaders, authors, advocates and coordinators in the field of autism and specifically in higher education and vocational readiness. Mercyhurst’s collaboration with many of these individuals has helped to propel the AIM program to be recognized as one of the nations’ leading programs for college readiness and vocational training to assist students in obtaining meaningful employment. 

Adults with autism and in higher education is quickly becoming an important discussion point and agenda item on many radars throughout the vocational, educational and social services.  The primary purpose of this conference is to disseminate information in the spirit of collaboration to continue to enhance the quality or services and resources, especially for adults on the autism spectrum attending college.  

  

Learning Objectives and expected results for conference participants are exposure to: 

  • Best practices, model programs and building infrastructure to meet the growing demand for students on the spectrum;
  • Research which demonstrates the practice implications and the impact of targeted campus autism programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery and intervention methods to address academic, independent, social, and emotional concerns among college students on the spectrum;
  • Vocational resources and training to assist students on the spectrum in obtaining meaningful employment after graduation;
  • Personalized experiences to help individuals and families living with autism to more efficiently navigate systems, providers and educational networks.