Monthly Archives April 2015

CUSP supports NYS Autism Communication Legislation

Posted by admin on April 27, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

Today CUSP was privileged to be invited to the NYS Assembly in Albany NY for a press conference to support new Autism legislation.  NYS Autism Communication Legislation

The legislation, which was drafted by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara with the help of two local CUSP students and could serve as a model across the country, is supported by the Schenectady ARC, the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP). The proposal is a critical step in addressing the high unemployment rates for people with developmental disabilities.

At the press conference, many activists shared firsthand experiences about the importance of this legislation, outline the potential benefits and explain why this model should be adopted across the country.

The legislation is being sponsored in the state Senate by David Carlucci, the chair of the Senate Social Services Committee and former chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

Thank you so much for allowing CUSP to partake in the afternoon’s activities.

How Special Education Students Can Prepare For College

Posted by admin on April 24, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

There is no question that going away to college is a life-changing experience for any young person. However, for individuals with special needs, it can seem to be a bit out of reach. This does not have to be the case. Any student, with the help of special education transition services can attend college and be successful. Some ways they can prepare for this transition are highlighted here.

Create Strong Network of Support

It is important for high school students to work closely with the school personnel in order to determine how much support they will need when going to college. The support system should include the resident advisor, academic liaison, tutor, mentor and even staff psychologist if needed.

Consider the Different Living Arrangements

Many people who have special needs have their schedules managed by their parents. When attending college, this will all change. They are now going to be in charge of managing their very own schedule, including staying organized, paying bills and turning in their homework on time.

Visit the Potential Schools

When there are just a few school options you have in mind, then you should take the time to visit the programs during campus tours or during an open house. This will allow you to get a feel for the campus, the staff and the other students. Take some time to get to know the disability services that are offered, as well. While you may have to take some time to track these services down, they are offered and you can easily find them with a bit of digging.

Make Arrangements for Additional Help and Tutoring

Most students who have special needs will need additional tutoring or some type of supervised study session in order to ensure their successful academic progress. They can utilize the services of other students who are acting as tutors or mentors; however, in most cases it will be a better idea to work with a professional educator. Supervised study halls can be extremely beneficial for students with special needs and help them in taking clear notes and fully understanding the assignments they are given.
College is not an unreachable destination for students with special needs. However, it will take a bit of additional help and preparation. The tips here can help students with special needs reach all of their higher education goals.

Tips To Help You Get Ready For College

Posted by admin on April 18, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

College is much more than just a higher education experience, it is a journey. It can be filled with obstacles and hardships, as well as opportunities, lasting friendships and new knowledge. However, prior to enjoying all college has to offer, students must prepare to enter into these institutions of higher learning. Some tips that will help you prepare for college are highlighted here.

Research the Various Schools

There are some situations where a school that you have never even heard of meets your educational needs. This means that you need to search both local and non-local options. When you are looking for a school, consider things such as the size of the classes, extra activities that are offered and location to where you plan to live.

Consider Financial Aid

You should never allow money to obstruct the chances you have to receive a quality education. There are a number of government and privately sponsored aid programs that are available to help you get the money you need to attend the college you really want to go to. Explore all of your options and you will be able to find that there are likely several options to consider in terms of financial aid.

Consider Seeking Transition Services

When you are making the change from high school to college, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are a number of college transition services in NY that are available to help. From counselors at your high school to others in the community, you can find tips on making this transition as seamlessly as possible. Knowing what to expect when you go away to college can minimize the impact of this transition and make the change easier for you to deal with.

Get Organized!!

Going to college is a huge endeavor, in order to ensure you make the most of this opportunity, you need to get organized. When you find colleges that you are interested in you should be sure you know any deadlines that may have to be met in terms of application deadlines and scholarship application deadlines.

When you are well-prepared for the college application process, you will be able to find what you want and be confident in the choice you have made. College is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on, but being adequately prepared is essential.

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month 2015

Posted by admin on April 06, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

April is National Autism Awareness Month and CUSP Educational Service is delighted to stand up as a representative for higher education. As CUSP helps assists students and families with transitional and executive functioning issues it believes in potential of all students assisting with progression at varying levels of learning.

Autism Awareness is dedicated to highlighting those affected by autism along with promoting recognition and acceptance. Thousands are faced with autistic diagnoses each year, yet those diagnosed should be provided with the highest quality of opportunity within this lifetime. Together through promoted awareness in schools and communities those with ASD can truly begin to be understood for the unique individuals they are.

This is a busy month for CUSP.  In addition to the coaching and mentoring services we provide, we will be at the Autism Awareness Fair in Saratoga NY On April 19th from noon to 5 pm.  The following day CUSP (April 20th) CUSP staff will be in Utica NY, welcoming author, colleague and Autism advocate Jesse Saperstein to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  Jesse will be sharing his college experience with students and faculty in a presentation entitled, “College Life with Asperger’s: Nothing but the Truth” from 5-6:30 in the Student Center.

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