My Place (Autism 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 support that is provided through traditional academic accommodations and campus support services. The My Place program focuses on four major areas: executive function skills related to academics, career development, social skills, and independent college living.

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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.
  • 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.
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, and a minimum of 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. Additionally, students are expected to participate in at least four social/group activities each semester, three special career events/conferences scheduled throughout the year, as well as at least 10 hours of volunteer work or employment during the summer months.

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. 

The Commuter/Continuing Program consists of one hour of one-on-one coaching, as well as two hours of career development coaching, structured study hall, group meal, or other activity depending upon the student's needs and goals. Additionally, students are expected to participate in at least two social/group activities each semester, three special career events/conferences scheduled throughout the year, as well as at least 10 hours of volunteer work or employment during the summer months.

Transition Program (approximately 1 contact hour/week)
The Transition Program is designed for students who have participated in the Residential Program and/or the Commuter/Continuing Program and are nearing the end of their undergraduate studies. The focus of the Transition Program is on degree completion, internship/job search, graduate school planning, and transition to employment.

This program consists of bi-weekly one-on-one coaching sessions as well as other career development components. Additionally, students are invited to participate in all social/group activities as well as three special career events/conferences scheduled throughout the year.

Campus Living Features
  • Access to sensory-reduced dining 
  • Access to a sensory-reduced study area
  • 24-7 access to quiet/sensory room
  • Specially trained peer mentors 
  • Upon request and availability, single room residence hall option

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 the personal living environment. This program also does not provide learning support/academic skill development or therapeutic services such as behavioral support or psychological counseling. 

 

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