NEW LONDON, Conn., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Connecticut College and College Steps announced a partnership designed to enhance the college experience for area students living with disabilities, including those living with Autism, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. The new initiative, which will begin Fall 2019, directly aligns with Connecticut College's commitment to fostering educational access, opportunity, and equity.
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Connecticut College is joining post-secondary institutions across six states that also partner with College Steps, a nonprofit organization with operations stretching from Vermont to Virginia. College Steps supports young adults living with social, communication, or learning challenges via a unique, individualized and peer-based model. It serves both high school transition students interested in a college experience prior to graduation, as well as students already enrolled in college. College Steps primary goal is to prepare students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation from college, placing a strong emphasis on self-advocacy, social competencies, employment, and independent living skills. Students work with trained peer mentors who are supported by an on-site Program Coordinator at Connecticut College.
- Dr. Noel Garrett, Dean of Academic Support and Director of the Academic Resource Center has stated, "Partnering with College Steps is supporting the quality of local students' preparation and providing them with stronger social supports to improve their persistence and success as they transition to college."
- "We are very excited to be working with Connecticut College and the surrounding communities of southern Connecticut," noted Lauren Merritt, College Steps Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. "Our efforts complement the existing work of Connecticut College and attract additional talented students interested in our model of support. We look forward to meeting new families, high schools, and community partners to collaboratively build sustainable and long-term options for transition-aged youth living with disabilities."
The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 enrollment with College Steps at Connecticut College is June 1, 2019. The online application and additional information can be found at www.collegesteps.org/apply or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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