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.
Students who have been enrolled in STEP for at least one semester may be eligible to transition to STEP Maintenance (STEP-M). This program continues to offer support services at a less intense level, including schedule development and weekly academic appointments. Attendance at mentored study tables, support group, and monthly social events are optional. Enrollment in STEP-M is at the discretion of the STEP administrators.
STEP students, mentors, and graduate students at the bowling social in October 2017.