Foundations Program

Mercyhurst Students

July 12 – August 2, 2014

Extended Application Deadline, please click here.

This Foundations Program is specifically designed for college-bound teenagers with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning Autism Disorder. The program focuses on the development of skills necessary to succeed in college and includes therapeutic, learning and social components. To qualify, students must be in at least the 11th grade.

The program is scheduled from July 12 through August 2, 2014. The cost of the program is $4,500 and includes the application fee, room, board, activity fees and tuition for a three-credit college course.

Specially trained staff provides individualized programming and one-on-one support for each participant including social communication skills, coping skills, organizational skills, daily living skills, emotional regulation, problem solving skills and behavioral competencies through participation in age-appropriate activities and community outings.

Daily activities include:
  • Seminars on navigating the campus community.
  • A three-credit college course.
  • College life/skill tutorials.
  • Weekly community outings.

Each student will be assessed before and after participation in our Foundations Program by members of our staff. Progress and Summary Reports will be made available to parents and the referring School District.


Please submit all completed forms to the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM), as well as the application fee ($200) and all remaining payment ($4,300).

Late fee will be assessed after May 19, 2014. Please contact (814) 824-3017 with any questions.

Daily Schedule

We have included a typical weekly schedule and a weekend calendar of activities. Click here to view the calendar. These activities are subject to change depending on the staff availability and interest of the participants. We welcome suggestions from our participants who may have special talents they wish to share with the group.


Office of Learning Differences and AIM
Location: Old Main Room 314
Phone: (814) 824-3017
Fax: (814) 824-2589
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum