The Autism Program at Ancilla College: APAC
A college-level program to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to build social, workplace, and academic skills and knowledge.
The mission of the Autism Program at Ancilla College is to facilitate and support the successful development and advancement of college students on the autism spectrum in all domains of college life. The program is designed to expand their vocational opportunities and enhance social and community engagement. The program strives to emphasize each students’ abilities within the social, emotional, and independent-living domains, while building new academic skills and knowledge.
APAC is designed for students who, while exhibiting superior intellectual ability, face serious challenges with communication, social interactions, and group educational settings. The APAC program is a residential, college-level program providing for the successful immersion of these unique students into a small, rural, supportive campus community.
The Ancilla College “Lake House” is the residential center of the APAC program.
APAC is a cooperative model that promotes student self-advocacy and independent living skills to facilitate both academic and social progress. The program is designed to provide comprehensive guidance and skill building so that students on the autism spectrum who enroll at Ancilla College will find success both academically and socially. Program staff will work closely with parents as well on all matters of concern.
The program is being built with a campus-wide model of collaboration in mind from the very beginning. Representatives from all administrative offices including Enrollment, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Campus Security, and Dining Services have had input into the overall design of the program. This partnership will help create a foundation for both academic and social growth in our students and contribute to a better scope of services and offerings across Ancilla’s campus.
Students enrolled in APAC will be provided access to a number of unique academic and social features. Students in the program pay an additional fee for these services.