Are you eligible?
Students interested in receiving communication partner services must be registered in the Office of Disability Services. Click here for more information of our intake process.
Generally students who have a diagnosis on the Austism Spectrum would receive communication partner services. All autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. If you are diagnosed with any of the above mentioned, you could be eligible.
Eligibility will be determined during the intake interview.
What is offered?
- Regular meetings with student registered with ODS who have diagnosis on the spectrum
- Help for students to identify and develop socially appropriate communication skills in the academic setting (classroom, instructor meetings, etc.)
- Assistance in increasing effective coping strategies including but not limited to emotional regulation and behavioral skills
- Help for students to identify and access campus resources and events
- Help to coordinate with departments on campus to assist in providing resources related to academic, career, and social development
- Assistance for students in identifying and participating in activities of interest
- Opportunity for interaction in social skills group for students diagnosed with ASD
- Accompaniment for students to designated academic meetings to provide support if necessary
How much time is involved?
Students who qualify genrally meet with the Graduate Assitant for about thirty minutes once a week under the supervision of the Director of Disability Services. Additional meetings may be made throughout the semester for extra assistance.