Project AACHIEVE Kick-Off

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Session Dates

Monday October 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

The transition from high school to college is a challenge for many students. For students on the autism spectrum, the transition to a college environment with vastly different expectations, structures, and level of supports presents challenges that require a set of skills and experiences that may be underdeveloped. These differences, in addition to the unique set of strengths and needs of students with autism, require high schools to think about transition planning in different ways. Through our partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Project AACHIEVE (An Autism College High School Integration for Education and Vocational Excellence) provides a multiple-source perspective on transition planning that takes into account the strengths and needs of neurodiverse individuals. This session will provide school teams and parents with information about the differences between high school and college, and how these differences should impact transition planning for students on the autism spectrum. The goals and activities of Project AACHIEVE, as well as how schools, parents, and students can participate in the project will also be discussed.


  • Identify post-secondary outcomes of individuals with autism
  • Identify key differences between college and high school environments
  • Identify key areas that should be considered for transition planning for students with autism
  • Identify the goals and activities of Project AACHIEVE

Target Audience

Teachers, parents, administrators, school counselors, speech therapists

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individualĀ“s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Autism

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Jane Thierfeld Brown

Event Contact:


Ashely Frye


Kristin Starosta