Program Highlights

Recent Highlights

April 2, 2014 - Autism Awareness - Mercyhurst Light It Up Blue Dinner

Check out this video by one of our AIM students, Brandt Schafer - Opening the Doors

As part of Mercyhurst University's Learning Differences Program (LDP), students enrolled in the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) will be provided access to a number of unique academic and social features. Students in the program pay an additional fee for these services.

Academic Support includes:

  • Participation as freshmen in our August Summer Program.
  • Individualized course planning.
  • Weekly meetings with program academic counselors to monitor academic progress and executive functioning.
  • Availability of assistive technology (such as the Kurzweil Personal Reader and Dragon Naturally Speaking).
  • Access to peer and graduate-level tutors, note takers and other accommodations provided by the Learning Differences Program.
  • Testing accommodations.
  • Collaboration with faculty to address special learning needs.
  • Priority registration to insure that class schedules fit personal-needs schedules.
  • Access to all of the accommodations that students qualify for under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Social Support includes:

  • Priority for single room placement in the Living Learning Environment.
  • Program lounge that provides a welcoming, safe place for students to relax and unwind.
  • Optional meal gatherings to encourage socialization in dining hall.
  • Participation in Asperger support group meetings.
  • Group outings to on-campus events, in addition to occasional road trips to area attractions.
  • Development of student-centered individualized behavior plans.
  • Collaboration with faculty/staff to address specific behavioral needs.
  • Peer mentoring.

Counseling Support includes:

  • On-site social skills group.
  • Referral to Mercyhurst Counseling Center as needed.
  • Facilitation of working relationships with Erie area psychiatrists.


Theatre: The Laramie Project

Dates: Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014

Location: Taylor Little Theatre

MET HD Live: Così Fan Tutte

Dates: Apr 26

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

An Afternoon of Dance

Dates: Apr 27

Location: Ridge Library Great Room, North East