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Autism Services (My Place)

Kutztown University encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to participate in its educational program and services.

The My Place program provides enhanced support services to students on the autism spectrum who are enrolled in Kutztown University degree programs. These services augment the supports that are provided through traditional academic accommodations and campus support services. The My Place program focuses on four major areas: academics, career development, social skills, and daily living.

Program Goals

  • Assist in the adjustment to college life by creating a sense of community and personal connection to the university
  • Develop self-advocacy skills through increased self-knowledge and development of a career plan
  • Provide opportunities to learn and practice effective classroom etiquette and workplace readiness skills
  • Assist in the development of strategies and skills necessary for degree attainment and professional employment 

Please note: the My Place program does not provide assistance in the residence halls with daily living skills, personal hygiene, medication monitoring, or maintenance of personal living environment. This program also does not provide therapeutic services such as behavioral support or psychological counseling. 

Program Levels

Residential Program (minimum 6 contact hours/week)
Students living on-campus (freshmen and transfer students) start and remain in this program for at least the first year at KU. The Residential Program consists of one hour of one-on-one coaching, three hours of structured study hall (2 X weekly for 1.5 hours), one hour of group recreation or group activity, and one-hour group meal each week.

Additional social and group activities are scheduled each week.  Students are expected to participate in 4 social/group activities each semester. 

The focus of the Residential Program is adjustment to college living, engagement in campus activities, development of study habits and strategies, classroom etiquette, self-advocacy, and career development. 

Commuter/Continuing Program (minimum 3 contact hours/week)
The Commuter/Continuing program is designed for freshmen and transfer commuter students as well as residential students who have participated in the Residential Program for at least one year.  This program consists of one hour of one-on-one coaching and two hours of career development coaching, structured study hall, group meal, or other activity depending on the student's needs and goals.  

Additional social and group activities are scheduled each week.  Students are expected to participate in 2 social/group activities each semester. 

The focus of the Commuter/Continuing Program is on self-advocacy, study habits, classroom and workplace etiquette, and career development.

Transition Program (1 contact hour/week)
The Transition Program is designed for students who have participated in the Residential Program or Commuter/Continuing Program and are nearing the end of their undergraduate studies. This program consists of one hour of one-on-one coaching or career development coaching.

Additional social and group activities are scheduled each week.  Students may participant based on availability and interest.

The focus of the Transition Program is on degree completion, internship/job search, graduate school planning, and transition to employment.

Campus Living Features

  • Single room residence hall option (upon availability)
  • Sensory reduced dining option
  • 24-7 access to quiet/sensory room
  • Specially trained peer mentors 

Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Kutztown University and demonstrate readiness for college-level work and living
  • Students must document the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder by providing a psychological evaluation and most recent IEP and Evaluation Report that includes all diagnostic test scores
  • Students must complete the My Place application and participate in the interview process to determine if the My Place program is a good fit for their individual needs.

Application Process

  1. Upon acceptance to Kutztown University, download the Accommodations Request Form and Documentation Guidelines file. Follow the instructions for completing and submitting the documents to the DSO. Please submit a recent psychological evaluation, IEP, and Evaluation Report that includes all diagnostic test scores.
  2. Print, complete, and submit the student application to the DSO.
  3. Students who submit a My Place application and supporting documentation will be contacted to schedule a My Place interview.  During this interview the student will interact with My Place staff members.  Parents and guardians will also have the opportunity to meet with the My Place staff.
  4. Upon review, if the student meets the requirements of the program and documentation and information gathered at the interview support that the My Place program can be beneficial for the student's individual needs, the student will be admitted to the My Place program or placed on the My Place waiting list. 

Evaluation of applications will begin in November preceding the next academic year.

Program Fees

Fall 2019 fee schedule will be available soon. 

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