Project REACH (Resources and Education on Autism as CUNY’s Hallmark) started off its 2013-2014 year in a big way, renewing its funding to four CUNY campuses and efforts to enhance supports and services to students on the autism spectrum. Funding continues for Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn College, the College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College. REACH also welcomed a new campus project, LaGuardia Community College’s Project ASSIST (Academic and Social Student Integration for Success Team) administered by Regina Varin-Mignano.
Also from Project REACH:
On October 23, Project REACH Director, Dr. Lisa Pollich, presented as part of a panel discussion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in an event hosted by the Museum Access Consortium. The audience consisted of employers from cultural institutions across the New York metropolitan area who were presented with stories of people on the autism spectrum who have gained employment and experienced success. The session explored how cultural institutions can provide life skills, job training and employment opportunities for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum.
The Project REACH staff published an article in a recent edition of Autism Spectrum News. The article, “An Affordable, High-Quality University Option for Students on the Spectrum” compared the REACH family of projects to others from all over the eastern area in categories such as services offered, fees for families, counseling programs and post-college employment opportunities. The article demonstrated that REACH provides as good if not better supports and services as many highly-regarded programs and that REACH passes no costs along to the students on the spectrum. Read>>
Two Project REACH students were recently accepted into the ASTEP/Corporate Lecture Series (Asperger’s Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership) program for the 2013-2014 academic year. ASTEP is an organization that creates and supports programs that promote long-term employment for people with Asperger’s Syndrome. The two students were selected for the Corporate Lecture Series, a competitive program in which students attend presentations given by a series of fortune 1000 companies and then network with them afterwards. The program gives our students a unique opportunity to meet corporate executives, market their resumes, and possibly gain employment with one of the participating companies.
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