Each student that is accepted to the EduCare program will be paired with an Arkansas State University student who has specialized training in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and transitions into adulthood. Student mentorship provides peer-to-peer interaction and support from one student to another.
Mentor’s primary responsibility will be to work with one student consistently over the course of their four-year degree. The mentors will be involved in the admission process and will work with their mentee on person-centered goals while also providing support through any academic difficulties that may occur. Student’s will meet with their mentors, at a frequency that is customized to the needs of each individual, to discuss trials and successes within their standard academic responsibilities.
Following acceptance, each student and their caregiver will meet with the mentor to design a Person-Centered Plan. Person-Centered Planning is a fundamental approach to move from a systematic transition plan to an individualized blueprint towards a desirable lifestyle that focuses on quality of life. Each student and their mentor will work together to identify images of the future that contain specific, concrete examples of experiences and life situations to improve the following:
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Study Skills
- Academic Achievement Skills
- Developing functional routines and decision-making skills
- Instrumental responsibilities of independent living
- Financial management
- Work-task management
- Resume building
- Interview skills
- Internship opportunities