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Students with Autism Transitional Education Program (STEP)

STEP provides enhanced training at EIU on Academic, Social, and Daily-living skills (ASD) to allow students the opportunity to navigate their college experience successfully.  In order to directly address these areas, the Transition Program provides opportunities for growth through:

  • Individualized peer mentorships that work to facilitate the transition to university life;
  • A personalized campus tour focused on the individual’s schedule/routine;
  • Weekly Support Group focused on interpersonal skills in the classroom and throughout the campus community; Students learn to self-advocate for themselves as young adults;
  • Positive educational work environment with regularly scheduled academic study tables;
  • Individual and group social events to enhance the opportunity for friendships, active involvement on campus, and vocational skill development;
  • Opportunities for recreational fitness programs personalized to individual needs and abilities;
  • Single-room option that supports the opportunity to decompress and regulate (for an additional fee in Housing and based on availability);
  • Early move-in that allows for a calmer transition from the home to residence hall life;
  • Weekly academic appointment to check course assignments and regular academic progress reports from instructors; and
  • Regular contact with parents to allow for optimum teamwork between the individual, campus supports, and the family.