Today, Monday, April 2, 2018 marks World Autism Awareness Day. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys. Being one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States, it is important to be informed, and know what resources Rochester Institute of Technology offers for those on the spectrum, check them out below!

Check out the Spectrum Support Program

Located on the second floor of the campus center, next to the reading room, the Spectrum Support Program offers a variety of services to promote the overall success of members of the RIT community who are on the spectrum. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., feel free to stop in their office. There are few schools in the United States that offer spectrum support services that are directed to individual’s needs.  Some of the services that the program offers are as follows;

1. Coaching
For students just beginning their adventure here at RIT, the Spectrum Support Program offers trained coaches to provide support on a weekly basis. The coach’s goal is to assist in transitioning the student to college life here at RIT. They not only advocate with professors, but also assist with the residential aspect of living as a first year student. If a student seeks coaching past their first year, the Spectrum Support Program offers services as well.

2. Cross Campus Collaboration and Referral 

The Spectrum Support Program has plenty of partners across campus that are educated, and willing to assist. Check out their site for a list of partners.

Look into Disability Services

Disability Services here at RIT is another office that is committed to providing access for all members of our campus community through various programs, services, and facilities. RIT offers these services to ensure an equal education experience to all. Services including test taking accommodations, note consultations, and many others are offered to RIT students.

Utilize Your Resident Advisor

Feeling anxious about your transition into college? Well, that’s what your resident advisor is here for. Whether you are on the spectrum or not, your resident advisor is more than willing to help you get accustomed to life here at RIT. Your resident advisor is filled with information regarding campus amenities free of charge to students. Don’t be afraid to knock on their door!

As you can tell, RIT is filled with resources for students on the spectrum. From visiting the Spectrum Support Program to utilizing your resident advisor, there are plenty of people here to help. Check out the student affairs’ website for a full list of Spectrum Support Program Services.

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