January 1, 2024 – February 1, 2024 all-day

UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE) is recruiting for our “Horizons” College Preparation Mentoring Program for Spring 2024Lowell in Person and Virtual Options, enrolling now for February 2024. The Center for Autism Research and Education at UMass Lowell is offering the “Horizons”, mentoring and prep program for neurodiverse college students (e.g. autistic students, students with ADHD, learning disabilities etc.) high-school juniors or seniors (or recent graduates) who plan to go to college.
* High school students meet as a group on Zoom once a week for an hour with trained UMass Lowell student mentors, 4.30-5.30pm EST on Tuesdays beginning in February 2024.
* Students do not need to be planning to attend UMass Lowell.
* The goal of Horizons is to help neurodiverse high school students have a better idea of what college will be like, to feel more confident about going to college, and to be more successful when they transition to college.
Curriculum covers a range of topics depending on the interests and needs of the students. Examples of topics include:

  • Time management and organization strategies
  • Problem solving and self-advocacy
  • Identifying and accessing supports on campus
  • Reducing stress and self-care
  • What will a typical day at college look like
  • Navigating through your major
  • Choosing classes
  • What to bring to college
  • Finances
  • Social side of university
  • Junior high school students can also discuss why go to college; how to apply; choosing a college, etc.

There is a $75 fee for the Horizons program (scholarships are available) which covers all seven weekly meetings, an Orientation session, and weekly communication with parents/caregivers.
More information can also be found here: https://www.uml.edu/Research/Autism/services/Horizons.aspx*or contact ashleigh_hillier@uml.edu


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