The WV Autism Training Center’s College Program provides individualized skill building and therapeutic supports to degree seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorder through a mentored environment while navigating a college experience.
Bianca Bragg bio: Bianca Bragg, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall. Mrs. Bragg has worked with the West Virginia Autism Training Center since 2011, specializing is using a person-centered and individualized approach to serving college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a certified instructor of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention through The Crisis Prevention Institute. CPI interventions are designed to teach best practices for managing difficult situations and disruptive behaviors. Mrs. Bragg also has a passion for group facilitation. Her facilitation style has been influenced by many teachers and methodologies and is creative, interactive, and impactful. She is currently interest in research related to the understanding of social communication and behavior in intimate relationships for individuals with ASD.
Hillary Adams bio: Hillary Adams, M.A., is a Student Support Specialist for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Adams is a doctoral candidate for Education Leadership in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University and has worked for The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2011. Her interests and research focus on educating community members with best practices for the inclusion and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly those within a higher education setting.
The College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder was established in 2002. Students participating in the program have met acceptance criteria for Marshall University and have been admitted to The College Program through a separate application process. 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.
Description of Services
The College Program uses a person-centered, positive behavior support approach to assist participating students in planning for their college experience, and carrying out efforts to meet their personal and academic goals. Personal goals are identified and strategies are developed based on the individual needs in the areas of: Social, Communication, Academic, Leisure and Personal Living.
Specified deadline: February 1st for semester and May 1st for high-school summer.
- Autism or Aspberger
Program at a glance
How many students are enrolled in this program? 50-99
What are the annual costs for a student to attend this program? $5,000-$9,999
Is this program public? Yes
Is this program fee-based? Yes
how large is the instition associated with this program? 10,000-24,999
What type of institution is associated with this program? University