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ASPeCT: Autism Spectrum PEer Coaching Team

The ASPeCT Program is full for the 2019-2020 academic year.  We are no longer accepting applications.  For inquiries, or to apply for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Christy Jenkins, jenkinc1@ohio.edu, (740) 593-2620.


Student Accessibility Services developed a coaching support program to address the increasing need to support students on the autism spectrum. The program is designed to provide an additional layer of individualized support for students throughout their transition to college.

How It Works

Transition coaches work individually with students on five key competency areas to develop the skills and strategies necessary to succeed in college. As students progress, the program's focus shifts from adjustment to the college environment to the pursuit of optimal independence and the transition to the workforce.

About the Coaches

Transition coaches are experienced, upper class student-employees trained to serve as an additional resource for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program coordinator matches students and coaches based on the student's unique needs. Customizing their schedule and strategies to accommodate each student, coaches work one-on-one with students on the competency areas, emphasizing the specific needs identified in the student's individual needs assessment. Coaching topics may include: effective problem solving, implementing a study schedule, appropriate interactions with faculty and peers, and perseverance in the face of obstacles.

Eligibility Criteria

Each student's needs are assessed based on the program eligibility criteria. Students meeting the following criteria will be considered for the Coaching Services Program:

  1. Diagnosed on the autism spectrum
  2. Registered with Student Accessibility Services
  3. Identified needs in one or more of the following key competency areas:
    • Self-advocacy
    • Social skills
    • Resiliency
    • Study & Organizational Skills
    • Technology

How to Apply

Applications for the Coaching Services Program are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by May 15. Incoming first-year students are advised to apply after they've been admitted to the University, but prior to the start of their first semester. Continuing and transfer students may apply at any time. A complete application for the Coaching Services Program includes the following:

  1. Online Application for Accommodations (below)
  2. Disability Documentation (i.e. psychological evaluation).
  3. Coaching Services Application
  4. Individual Needs Assessment (1 hour meeting in person or via Skype)


Questions can be directed to Christy Jenkins at jenkinc1@ohio.edu or 740-593-2620.

Complete the Autism Coaching Program Application [PDF]