Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources for Students and Parents
Kent State University offers a variety of services that assist students who are on the Autism Spectrum.
The disHUBility provides students who have disabilities (or we like to say "differences") a space to relax, find camaraderie, obtain resources, and more.
In addition to providing a relaxed space, the hub is a central location for students to obtain more information and direction about available wellness resources. The disHUBility was created by the student organization, Autism Connections Kent (ACK), via a mini-grant awarded by the Kent State Seeds of Wellness Program which provides investment for programs that reflect health and wellness across the university system.
Location: In the University Library, Kent campus, to the right of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and down the hall in room 136.
Hours: 9am-9pm, M-F
AIREO (Autism Initiative for Research, Education, and Outreach)
The mission of AIREO is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We achieve this through innovative research, quality education, and community outreach. Through community, agency, and university collaborations AIREO promotes the quality and continuity of services across the lifespan.
AIREO at Kent State University currently offers two programs to help ASD students succeed:
Partnering for Achievement and Learning Success (P.A.L.S.) pairs a Kent State University student with ASD with a neurotypical student. Each pair becomes a mentor and companion for each other and will teach each other about different perspectives and experiences in life. Through the course of this program, you will also practice skills to get more involved on campus, make and keep friends, and do better in courses.
- College Success for Students with Asperger’s or Autism
College Success for Students with Asperger’s or Autism is a program to give support. This program provides services such as: direction and information based on individual needs, experimental learning program, individual or group services, self-advocacy training, academic, job and career assistance, and participation in Kent State University’s Autism Diversity Program.
For more information about either of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Lisa Audet at laudet [at] kent.edu () or (330) 672-0257
Autism Advocates Program - sign up now for Academic Year 2019-2020
The Autism Advocates Program at Kent State University strives to provide support and empower undergraduate students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and for those who think they may be on the spectrum. Students will be placed with a faculty or staff member for support throughout the academic year. This program allows the student to meet with their advocate six times a year (three times in the fall and three times in the spring) to problem solve and create strategies for academic success with the ASD student in mind. All information shared is completely confidential. Please note you do not have to be registered for services with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to participate in this program.
- For more information or to sign up for this program, please contact Zachary Strickler at zstrick1 [at] kent.eduor or 330-672-8037.
additional resources that may benefit those with autism are: TRIO Student Support Services, Psychological Services, and Student Accessibility Services.
TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO Student Support Services is available to Kent State Students by providing services to students registered with SAS. Services include: tutoring, mentoring, workshops, and laptop lending programs. TRIO also offers additional advising support such as: assistance with the universities Graduation Planning System, dropping or adding courses, and more. TRIO can be reached at (330) 672-7437 or located in The Center for Undergraduate Excellence room 111.
Psychological Services provides confidential counseling services to assist students in emotional distress. Students may schedule an appointment by calling (330) 672-2487. Psychological Services also works collaboratively with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to assist students with disabilities in having equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from all university programs, services, and activities.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides a wide variety of services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. SAS’ goal is to ensure equal access to students’ educational endeavors and university life. Examples of accommodations and services that students may be eligible for include: extended time for traditionally timed tests/quizzes, reduced-distraction testing environment, note-taking assistance, and demonstrations on various assistive technologies. SAS can be reached at (330) 672-3391 or sas [at] kent.edu. Located on the first floor of the library.
Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Speech and Pathology and Audiology department provides oral and written communication strategies for individuals and groups. For more information or to schedule an appointment, students may call: 330-672-2672.