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Farleigh Dickinson University is home to the COMPASS program:

The COMPASS program is an individually tailored, comprehensive, academic and social support program for up to six college students with Asperger’s Syndrome in each incoming class.   The goals of this two year program are 1) to help each student recognize and make use of existing academic and social strengths, 2) to aid in the development of new abilities and 3) to promote progress toward a higher level of independent functioning.   The student that can benefit the most from the COMPASS program is the one for whom a successful four to five year college experience is within reach.  The program is designed to help this very student bridge the gap between aspiration and achievement.  The ideal candidate for the COMPASS program has:

  • The intellectual, academic and organizational capabilities to succeed at college as a full-time matriculated student,
  • The ability to live in a semi-independent setting, and
  • The readiness to face the challenge of exploring the social aspects of the residential college experience.

To support students’ growth towards increased independent functioning at the college level, the COMPASS program – in close coordination with myriad other student services on campus – will help each student develop the enhanced self-advocacy, self-disclosure and self-monitoring capabilities with which they can recognize and address their own areas of difficulty, know how and when to request help, and confidently access support from the larger University community.   It is expected that by the third year of studies, each student will have been able to successfully transition out of the COMPASS program in order to utilize the support services available to all students on campus.  

School-sponsored program: Yes

Mentoring: Yes

Counseling: Yes

Social Skills Instruction/Coaching: Yes

Academic Support: Yes

Application Required: Yes

Extra Fee: Yes

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