College-bound Retreat

2014 Schedule

Date Time
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:00am-3:00pm

2014 Location: TBA

College Bound Retreat will resume summer of 2015. Please contact Theresa Gill at to arrange for College Bound to come to your school!

College-bound Retreat

Cost: $275.00
College Bound Retreat will resume summer of 2015. Please contact Theresa Gill at to arrange for College Bound to come to your school!

A two-day retreat designed to provide teens with ASD a comprehensive look at higher education. In addition to identifying which schools are successfully supporting those with ASD, attendees will also learn about living away from home, choosing an area of study and using social skills to navigate a college campus and manage relationships.

Deciding to go to college and choosing a school are major decisions for any young adult and their family, and for those with Asperger's Syndrome or autism, there is additional stress. Many individual with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) or high-functioning autism can achieve great success, but most require more individualized supports to reach their goals. Students with AS or high-functioning autism who are interested in attending college should begin taking steps toward their goals as early as possible.

The transition into college can be particularly difficult for individuals with AS or high-functioning autism and their parents. The college environment is substantially different from high school. By attending the College-bound Retreat, individuals will learn about academic and social programs designed to help provide for a succesful college experience and the skills to enter a competitive workforce.

The program will include:

  • Tour and use of Saint Joseph's University facilities to model campus life (dorms, classrooms, gym, cafeteria, library, etc.)
  • Presentation and discussion of college life through the eyes of a student with ASD
  • Information on commuting and options for dorm living
  • Options for majors and classes
  • Discussion of disability and connecting with the right supports
  • Options for extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • Tips for managing social relationships
  • Question and answer session with all the day's speakers from 2:15pm-3:00pm each day (parents are invited)
  • Lunch (provided both days)

Due to the educational component of the Kinney Center, at various times, students enrolled in the autism minor or certificate program will be observing Kinney Center programs as part of their coursework.In the case of inclement weather where a program must be canceled, sessions will not be made up due to time and space restrictions.

High School Program

The Kinney Center will offer this program remotely to local high schools if there is a group of 8-10 interested participants. Please email with inquiries and to make arrangements.


The number of participants this program can accommodate is limited. Parents/applicants are encouraged to register early. Applicants must be behaviorally and cognitively ready to participate in the College-bound Retreat program. Participants must attend both days of the Retreat and be able to take part in all aspects of the Retreat independently; no 1:1 support will be provided. Upon acceptance, program fees must be paid by June 1st to guarantee program placement. A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available to families with strong financial need, subject to administrative approval. The Kinney Center also offers a "sibling discount" to families with more than one child enrolled in the same program.

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