College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Shepherd University has partnered with the West Virginia Autism Training Center (WV-ATC) at Marshall University as a WV-ATC campus-based satellite site that will provide services to Shepherd students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and training for faculty and staff through the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CPSASD).
The program uses a positive behavior support approach to assist participating students. Social, communication, academic, leisure and personal living skills are assessed through person-centered planning. Personal goals are identified and strategies are developed based on the individual needs of each student. The program seeks to help students learn skills which will help them earn a college degree, work in their chosen field, and live a productive, independent, and quality life.
Current Shepherd students may apply to the CPSASD program at any time; prospective students must enroll at Shepherd before applying. The CPSASD also offers social service programming for non-Shepherd and community students.