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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.

For more information about these events or other CUSP Educational Services please contact a CUSP representative

How to properly prepare for the transition to college 2015-2016

Posted by admin on March 31, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

Going away to college is a life-changing experience for any young adult. For students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, attending school at a college or university can feel out of reach. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Students with ASD can attend college just like their peers and experience the joys of living away from home, taking an assortment of courses and preparing for adulthood. The key is having support from family, friends and the community, similar to what is provided during the primary education years.


Though many support services for students with ASD disappear during the college years, there is a growing awareness of the importance of these programs. As students encounter new challenges with daily living, academics and managing their schedules, they need individualized life skills coaching, academic support and social skills workshops.


The few programs that are available at this time for college students with ASD recommend the following tips for preparing for the college experience.


Create a Strong Support Network


Students in high school should work closely with the school’s personnel to determine the level of support they will receive in their respective college. A strong support system will include people such as a resident advisor, a mentor, a tutor, an academic liaison and a staff psychologist that are available when needed.


Consider All Living Arrangements


Young people with ASD typically have their schedules managed by their parents. When they attend college, this changes. They may now be in charge of managing their own schedule, turning in homework on time, paying bills, keeping their room organized, etc.


Entertain all possible living arrangements that will suit your student best. Some find that it’s ideal to live on campus while others feel more comfortable living in an off-campus apartment. By knowing where your student will be residing, you can start giving them more responsibility at home.


Visit the Schools


When you have narrowed down your school selection, take the time to visit the programs during open houses or campus tours. This is the best time to get a feel for the campus, the students and the staff. Learn about the disability services that are offered on campus as well. Though these services often need to be tracked down by students, they do exist. Also take note of the logistics of the campus, such as how far the cafeteria is from the dorms, the layout of the buildings, etc.


Arrange for Additional Tutoring


Most students with ASD require additional tutoring or supervised study sessions to facilitate their academic progress. Other students can serve as mentors or tutors, but it’s best to work with professional educators. Supervised study halls are also beneficial and encourage students to take clear notes, understand the assignment and complete their homework on time.


Keep the Conversation Going


There is no better way to prepare your student with ASD for the college experience than by keeping the lines of communication open. Ask your child about their future plans, what careers interest them and the steps necessary for achieving their goals. This will help your family gain a better understanding of what will be involved in the process, how you can afford it and what support services will be available along the way.


The decision on where to attend is crucial.  If you have questions or concerns please contact CUSP today!



CUSP will be at the Saratoga High Transition Fair!

Posted by admin on February 20, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

CUSP is pleased and excited to announce that we will be attending the Saratoga public school Transition fair on Thursday March 12th at the Saratoga High School from 6-8pm.  CUSP owner, Steve Motto will be part of a panel discussion on the importance of transition services for upcoming graduates, what to expect as a new college student, and ways to make the transition as smooth as possible.  We are super excited for this opportunity and hope for a great turnout.  For more information on CUSP services or if you are interested in having a CUSP representative at your high school event please contact us at:

The reviews and assessments are in…….

Posted by admin on December 29, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

After 10 weeks of social skill sessions at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNY Institute of Technology) the college has agreed to continue the CUSP Social Skills group for the Spring 2015 semester!!  Both parents and SUNY faculty have reported a significant growth in the group members communication, conversation and self advocacy skills.  For more information on how CUSP can assist you, your child, or your school please email us at

Great Job Utica Branch!!!!!  Keep it up!!!

Local Newspaper highlights CUSP

Posted by admin on September 23, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

CUSP has been mentioned in todays Observer-Dispatch highlighting the recent work done on the SUNY-IT campus.  Thanks to everyone that was involved in making this happen.  Below is the link to the article.  For more information please contact CUSP today!!!!

CUSP pilot program at SUNY Institute of Technology

Posted by admin on August 20, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

This week the CUSP social skills program has been selected to be included as a pilot program for the fall 2014 semester. We will be running ten sessions on campus covering many social skill topics and building open and effective communication skills for students. For more information on how CUSP services can improve the executive functioning on your campus contact us today!

CUSP’s Disability Rights Curriculum

Posted by admin on June 27, 2014  /   Posted in Blog, CUSP Services

We are pleased to announce that CUSP’s Disability Rights Curriculum goes live on Sunday June 30th for the Sage college’s in Albany NY.  This is an 8 week course outlining the history of the disability rights movement in America, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the future of disability rights in America.  The course covers important issues individuals face such as disclosure, accommodations, and accessibility issues.  For more information regarding curriculum development or any of the other CUSP services, contact us today!

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