Spectrum STRONG is a new program at DSU that focuses on the range of differences that can make it difficult for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students to meet the multi-faceted demands of college and independent adult life. This program provides a comprehensive set of targeted supports and accommodations to assist ASD students in completing their degrees. These students then graduate with the skills needed to thrive in their careers and live a contributing, full life. This program has the potential to become a model for all South Dakota regental universities.
Spectrum STRONG Goal
Students with ASD add to the diversity of DSU’s student body, giving neurotypical students opportunities to learn how to work and interact with others of different perspectives and perceptions. These are important skills in the new global working world. Also, many supports and accommodations needed by students with ASD can be leveraged and expanded to serve other DSU students who have similar needs.
Spectrum STRONG Staff
Dakota State has an advisor dedicated to working with ASD students to provide services such as counseling, academic advising, life coaching, structured mentorship, and seminar courses centered around social and career skills. The advisor is the central liaison for students with ASD, faculty, and staff, and also participates with the rest of the Student Success team to assess and make recommendations for University-wide adaptations or accommodations to support student and career success for all DSU students.