Autism Initiatives is dedicated to assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their family and friends, by helping them find support and resources that may help the students become successful. DEI promotes inclusion across the university by partnering with many other offices, such as: Student Accessibility Services (SAS), TRIO Student Support Services, and Psychological Services. DEI also works with The Autism Initiative for Research, Education, and Outreach (AIREO) which offers programs such as: Partnering for Achievement and Learning Success (P.A.L.S.) and a College Success Program for students with Asperger's or Autism.
Another goal of this initiative is to spread autism awareness and understanding. According to the CDC, statistics indicate that about 1 in 54 (up from the previous estimate of 1 in 59) have been identified with ASD. Further, ASD is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means no two people with autism have exactly the same symptoms. This often causes the disorder to be misunderstood. Therefore, DEI is working on this initiative to help spread autism awareness and understanding which, in turn, will help towards the spread of acceptance of all our differences.
STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kent State junior Sean Fitzgerald talks about being on the air and on the autism spectrum. Sean is a journalism major who is exceptionally grateful for all the ways that people at the university are helping him on his way to his dream career.
Timothy Mikes is a graduate student studying in Kent State University’s College of Public Health. He also has autism (ASD). Timothy shares his unique perspective on how people who are on the spectrum can be an asset the in workforce and details how Kent State is uniquely positioned to help those with ASD.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Autism Student Organization - Autism Connections Kent
Autism Connections Kent (ACK) is a student organization created by autistic students and allies with a focus on promoting autism acceptance on campus. We are looking for new members. Please join us!
For more information about Autism Connections Kent, email email@example.com or visit the organization at facebook.com/autismconnectKS and twitter.com/autismconnectKS.
For the Spring 2020 semester, we are not meeting due to COVID-19. Please check back soon!
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CHECK US OUT IN THE NEWS and MEDIA:
RECOGNITIONS FOR OUR AUTISM INITIATIVES
Listed in The Online College Plan’s “Top 20 Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism”-Ranked #10
Listed in College Choice’s “2017 Best Colleges for Autistic Students”-Ranked #5
Listed in Best Value Schools’ “25 Best Colleges for Students With Autism 2018” (.org)-Ranked #7
Listed in the Best Value Schools’ “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2017-2018” (.com)-Ranked #20
Listed in the Best Value Schools’ “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2019” (.com)-Ranked #20
Kent State Autism Connections on Social Media
Please check out the Facebook page, “Kent State Autism Connections”. This group is a safe place for any student that attends Kent State University who is on the Autism Spectrum, plus their family and friends. We strive to provide support and information that will be helpful during the college years.