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CARR - 3 day/2 nights(must be at least a rising Junior)

West Chester University  proudly presents the College Autism Readiness Retreat (CARR).

NOW HOSTED AT WEST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS 

Participants: Up and rising junior and senior high school students on the autism spectrum, intending on pursuing a 4 year undergraduate degree

When: June 25-27, 2023 (3 days, 2 nights)

Location: West Chester University

Cost: $450 this includes residence hall stay and meals in the dining hall.

  • Payment of Check only please. Check only payable to: West Chester University- CARR
  • Funding may be available through Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). 

Goal: To provide overnight, on campus, experience that will assist students with ASD to prepare for college

Objectives:

  • To live in a Residence Hall overnight
  • To access the Dining Hall
  • To acquire information, destinations, and experiences with Campus services (including: Health and Wellness Services, Psychological and Counseling Services, Student Success Center and Tutoring Services, Autism resources).
  • To tour and experience various on-campus facilities (including the Student Recreational Center, Library, the Student Union, and Bookstore, Dining Halls, Residential Buildings and Academic Buildings)
  • To participate in a variety of Classroom/Activity formats (small classroom and lecture halls)
  • To acquire, practice, and/or generalize college classroom etiquette and communication skills
  • To learn and differentiate the difference between entitlement and eligibility (IDEA vs ADA) for high school to higher education.

CARR 2- In Development (must be at least a rising Senior)

Participants: Up and rising Seniors, with Autism, who plan on attending a 2 or 4-year post-secondary education

Location: West Chester University

Dates:  July 24-28, 2023 

Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights

Cost: $950 this includes residence hall stay and meals

  • Check only payable to: West Chester University- CARR2
  • Funding may be available through Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

Goal: To provide an overnight, on campus, experience that will enhance the previous skills acquired in previous CARR program or post-secondary preparatory programs while providing a commuter and residential expectation of college.

Objectives:

  • Experience campus life, commuter style and residential style
  • Access dining hall options
  • Practice skills of self-determination, social, time management, independence, community integration, safety, problem solving, and communication.
  • Acquire information and experiences with Campus services including: Health and Wellness Services, Psychological and Counseling Services, OSSD, Trans and Queer Advocacy, D-CAP, and LARC
  • Tour and experience various on-campus facilities including the Student Recreational Center, the Library, the Student Union Building, the Student Bookstore, Dining Halls, Residential Buildings and Academic Buildings
  • Participate in a variety of Classroom/Activity formats (e.g. lecture, lab, studio, structured, unstructured)
  • Talk with current students with ASD about experiences
  • Learn about additional post-secondary education programs that support autistic students, besides West Chester University.
  • Acquire, practice, and/or generalize college classroom etiquette and communication skills
  • Create and deliver a presentation on experience as well as skills acquired and needed to transition to college
  • Learn the difference between entitlement and eligibility (IDEA vs ADA) for high school to higher education.

CARR3 - High School graduates (18+ in age) 

College Autism Readiness Retreat 3 (CARR 3)  

Applications will open Feb 1, 2023

Participants:
High School Students (New graduates, 18 years +)
Does not have to attend CARR or CARR2 to participate in CARR 3
Can have previous Higher Ed experience

When: July 10-21, 2023(including overnight through a weekend)

Location: West Chester University

Cost: $2500.00 this includes residence hall stay and meals.

  • Check only payable to: West Chester University- CARR3
  • Funding may be available through Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). 

Goal: To provide an overnight, on campus, experience that will enhance the previous skills acquired in previous CARR programs or post-secondary prepatory programs while providing a more realistic expectation of college life for students with ASD

Objectives:

  • To reside in a residence hall and participate in the scheduled activities 
  • To access the variety of meal plan options (dining hall, Rambucks, Meal swipes, and cash).
  • To learn and practice budgeting skills
  • To attend workshops via campus resources to acquire/review skills in the areas of resiliency, stress management, study skills, budgeting, self-advocacy, and classroom etiquette.
  • To participate in activities and workshops to learn more about majors-to-careers, employment opportunities, volunteer experiences, and early start programs.
  • To identify, locate, and receive information on the different campus resources including the career development center, writing center, tutoring, public safety, counseling, LGBTQA, DCAP/ My Place, Disability services
  • To develop a personal schedule that includes time set aside for everyday activities such as meals, self-care/downtime and transition from one activity to the next.
  • To create a personal schedule that incorporates time for group projects or meet-ups with people having various schedules
  • To learn and differentiate the difference between entitlement and eligibility (IDEA vs ADA) for high school to higher education.

Contact

How to Apply

Applications with a check are due by May 31, 2023. Spaces are limited, so apply today! Mail to: 
Dub-C Autism Program 
20 Linden St 
West Chester, Pa 19383

Resources

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