Pace’s Build on Special Strengths (BOSS) program for students with autism was featured twice on Sept. 28 on WPIX TV’s morning news program in a segment that was over three minutes long. The piece follows three of the students to classes and their dorms to get a feel for what their college experience is like. Director of the program, Professor Dianne Zager, Ph.D., was interviewed as well.
From the WPIX web site: “With the help from its Communication Sciences and Disorders program, Pace University’s School of Education is offering students with autism a chance at an authentic college experience.
From the classroom to the dorm room, students in the Build on Special Strengths (BOSS) program live and learn alongside their peers. Weekly group and individual counseling sessions, academic tutoring, and weekly social communications sessions help them learn how to succeed and feel comfortable participating in the classroom. Career development and internships are another part of the program.
Established in 2009 for students on the autism spectrum, BOSS began with four members. By 2011, they are expecting thirty. The program is paid for primarily by tuition, program fees and private gifts. Grants may help expand the program.
For more information, log onto www.pace.edu.”
Click on the link to see the segment on the WPIX web site or view the video below.