Transitioning to College for Students with Aspergerís Syndrome: Lessons Learned

Teaneck, NJ (November 15, 2010) ó Fairleigh Dickinson Universityís COMPASS program for Students with Aspergerís Syndrome presents a workshop on the challenges of transitioning to college for students with Aspergerís syndrome.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Auditorium, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ.

The workshop is designed to impart the knowledge the leadership team has gained over the past three years administering the FDU COMPASS program for students with Asperger's Syndrome. The members of the FDU COMPASS leadership team presenting include Stefanie Ulrich, Ph.D., director, center for psychological services and director, COMPASS Program, Kathleen Davis Viezel, Ph.D., coordinator, COMPASS academic services, Caroline Beischer, M.A. and Melissa Conway COMPASS coordinators. The team will present the skills and abilities necessary to ensure a successful transition and adjustment to the residential college experience. Areas to be addressed include the changes in academic demands, the laws impacting accommodations, the ideal campus environment, and the adjustments to the roles of the student and parents, etc. A questions and answer session will follow.

The COMPASS program is an individually tailored, comprehensive, academic and social support program for up to six college students with Asperger's Syndrome in each incoming class.   The goals of this two-year program are 1)p to help each student recognize and make use of existing academic and social strengths, 2) to aid in the development of new abilities and 3) to promote progress toward a higher level of independent functioning.  

Reservation is suggested. Please call (201) 692-2645 x 412 or e-mail beischcg@student.fdu.edu">beischcg@student.fdu.edu for more information.  For additional information, please visit website, www.fdu.edu/compass.

For Immediate Release

FDU Public Relations
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