The Spectrum Scholars program, which celebrated its launch at University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner Hall on September 24, will support students with autism who are majoring in computer and information science or electrical and computer engineering. Spectrum Scholars will begin next year—and it already has its first applicant.
The University of Delaware, with financial backing from JPMorgan Chase, yesterday launched Spectrum Scholars, a program to support undergraduates with autism majoring in computer science and engineering. CDS will administer the program, which aims to help students build the communication and self-advocacy skills they will need to graduate and pursue a career. UD officials also said that Spectrum Scholars will benefit companies and communities by giving individuals who don’t have autism opportunities to work with and discover the talents of their peers with autism.
Tomorrow’s health and education professionals experience daily life with children with developmental disabilities in CDS’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program
Stephanie Kaznica, whose daughter has an autism diagnosis, contributes more than time to the UD training program for pre-professionals.
The Delaware Advance Scholarship Program, which was signed into law earlier this month, will provide grants to defray tuition costs for students with intellectual disabilities attending college programs. Combined with other state sources of financial aid, the Advance Scholarship will give students greater access to transition programs that hone their academic, career and independent living skills. Currently, UD’s Career and Life Studies Certificate is the only such program that exists in-state.