Peer Mentoring Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome

    The Peer Mentor Program is a new program from the Center for Disability Resources. The purpose of the program is to assist students with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and Autism with their transition to college. Because students with AS tend to isolate themselves, the Peer Mentor Program seeks to provide the student with an older undergraduate student mentor. The student and mentor will meet regularly through the fall semester. The mentor will offer to the student: friendship and availability, assistance with organization, prioritizing, and time management, and share personal experiences about adjusting to college. The mentor will help the student navigate the social aspects of college life, such as joining clubs or organizations and attending campus-wide events. In addition, the mentor will give the student an initial tour of campus and help him/her locate all of his/her classroom buildings and classrooms.

    In addition to meeting with his/her mentor (at least) once per week, the student with AS also will have a weekly "check-in" meeting with the Director in Disability Resources. This meeting will serve to identify any issues the student is having and discuss how to address them (either with the mentor or without). Additionally, the director can check-in regarding grades, add/drop dates, housing/roommate situation, and refer the student to appropriate campus resources.

    Students must register with the Center for Disability Resources and consent to disclose their disability to their mentor in order to participate in this program. If you are interested in participating in this program as either a student or mentor, please email disabilities@iit.edu or call 312.567.5744 for more information.

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