AIM summer program gives students on autism spectrum college 'preview'

AIM Summer Program
For the fourth year in a row, Mercyhurst University will offer a residential summer program designed to enable college-bound teenagers with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism to test the waters of university life.

An offering of the Asperger’s Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM), the Summer Foundations Program, directed by Brad McGarry, is scheduled for July 6-27 on the Erie campus. The program focuses on the development of skills necessary to succeed in college and includes therapeutic, learning and social components.

Many adolescents along the autism spectrum have the cognitive ability to attend college but lack the social, organizational and daily living skills to be successful there. The foundations program is designed to provide students entering their senior year of high school with a “preview” of college prior to enrollment.

Enrollees will live in a residence hall, eat in the university cafeteria and interact with fellow students in social activities. Students will also enroll in a three-credit course taught by a faculty member with experience working with individuals along the spectrum.

Applications are due by March 1. For more information, contact Dianne Rogers at, or call her at 814-824-2450.
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