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Autism Center introduces summer camp for students with autism spectrum disorders
Posted 03/13/2019 01:36PM

The Autism Center at Misericordia is offering the weekday program, "Summer Transition Experience for Students with Autism,'' on campus beginning in July to provide additional transitional experiences for students with autism spectrum disorders.

The inaugural program from July 9 through Aug. 2 is for adolescents and young adults who are enrolled currently in school. Similar to an extended school-year program, the "Summer Transition Experience for Students with Autism'' provides people ages 16 to 21 on the autism spectrum with the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood and the work environment. The program operates daily from 9 a.m. to noon.

Due to the personalized nature of the program, the size of the class is limited to 12 students. To register for the program, please contact the Autism Center at Misericordia University at 570-674-8200 or autism@misericordia.edu.

The Autism Center at Misericordia University recognizes the greatest barrier people with autism spectrum disorders face in obtaining and maintaining employment are social skills, communication skills, and the inability to self-advocate. Program providers will emphasize and integrate these critical skills in natural setting, rather than only in the classroom.

The College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University established the Autism Center in 2015 as a community resource for clinicians, practitioners, caregivers and students majoring in the health and medical sciences fields. The interprofessional collaboration enables the college to pool talent and faculty expertise in the fields of medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sonography, speech-language pathology and pre-professional programs.

Located at 50 Lake St., adjacent to John J. Passan Hall, the Autism Center is also home to the Summer Sensory Social Camp, Autism Speaks U, Autism Lifelong Learning Program and the Distinguished Speaker Series. Additionally, the Autism Center's website, www.misericordia.edu/autism, features valuable information and identifies several faculty members who have expertise caring for people on the autism spectrum.

For more information about the Autism Center at Misericordia University and the services it provides, please email the center at autism@misericordia.edu.

Students walking from the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library


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