How to Apply

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The Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) provides special services for students diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. In order to receive these services, qualified applicants must meet the standards required for admission to Mercyhurst University. Space is limited within the programs, so early application is encouraged.

Students requesting accommodation on the basis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) must provide documentation from a professional who has undergone comprehensive training and has relevant experience diagnosing autism in children or adults (depending on student’s age of diagnosis).

Psycho-Social Documentation must include:

  • Thorough history by a developmental pediatrician or a developmental medical doctor.
  • Comprehensive neuropsychological examination, within the past three years, including a discussion of the individual’s current functioning as it impacts the educational environment.
  • Academic testing of standardized achievement tests, including scores; and a review of the academic record.
  • Current social/emotional functioning; if not in neuropsychological evaluation, then by separate evaluator.
  • Integrated summary, including impact of symptoms on learning, ability to functioning deficits as relevant to post secondary education.
  • Clear identification of DSM-IV criteria.
  • An interview including a description of the presenting problem(s) including any significant developmental, medical, psychosocial and employment issues; family history; and a discussion of dual diagnosis where indicated. (A comprehensive summary/interview with both parents and a self-report is needed to get a view of the individual’s present function and ability.)
  • Prescribed medications, dosages and schedules that may influence the learning environment, including any possible side effects.
  • Completed Application for the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst Program.
  • Completed Teacher Recommendation Form.

Bradley McGarry
Director of Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst
Office: Old Main 313B
Phone: 814-824-2451

Admission to Mercyhurst University

  • Applicants should present appropriate documentation along with their college application directly to the Admissions Office. An application to Mercyhurst can be found here.
Office of Admissions
Office Location: Old Main 101
Phone: 1-800-825-1926 ext. 2202 or 814-824-2202


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