There are many differences between the structure, routine, and required supports of high school compared to college. This brochure explains some of these differences and provides a comparison of services provided by the fee-based STEP program for students with autism and other services provided by the Academic Success Center at EIU for students with disabilities.
Students in STEP receive services in four main areas: academic supports, executive function development, social strategy supports, and daily living transitions. The program is mindful of skills needed as students transition to college life and general education coursework as well as later transitions for advanced coursework in their major and career planning.
All students who are initially admitted and agree to participate in STEP take part in the Full STEP program. STEP has limited enrollment, an interview and application process, and a commitment of 8-10 hours a week from students if they are living on campus. Students who demonstrate success at EIU and need less support for continued success (per STEP reports and STEP director recommendation) may transition to the STEP Maintenance program, where they develop more independence in self-regulation.
To encourage and foster self-confidence, self-advocacy, and growing independence in college students with autism; To understand students’ strengths and weaknesses, and help them learn and apply skills and strategies to successfully navigate the communication, planning, and problem solving demands of college life.
We use structured supports, scheduled guidance, skill-teaching, individualized coaching, peer and graduate mentors, all to foster independence and accountability for our students.
In order to directly address executive function, academic, social, and daily living skills, STEP provides the following opportunities: