Dr. McManmon recently did a Q & A with Kingsley Publishing titled “Cognitive flexibility is the hallmark of a productive, happy and healthy young adult with Aspergers Syndrome”. Dr. McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program, a national postsecondary program for young adults with Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD and other Learning Differences.
What led you to found the College Internship Program (CIP), and how does it work?
I had worked for private and public group homes for younger and older children for about ten years and when I moved to Massachusetts, during the era of deinstitutionalization, I wanted to open a transitional apartment program for students coming out of residential schools and institutional programs. I read Wolfensburger’s Normalization Theory while studying for my Doctorate in Special Education and wanted to implement it in a community-based program where students could experience living in normal living conditions.
The College Internship Program opened in 1984 and is a community-based program with six sites around the U.S. We offer a comprehensive curriculum for students with Learning Differences and on the Spectrum. Students live in apartments and can attend college or be involved in career studies. They learn everything from banking and budgeting to apartment skills and executive functioning skills. They have instruction in social thinking, sensory diets, wellness, etc. both in individual sessions and modules at our centers.
Click here to read the entire article which explains Dr. McManmon’s connection to Asperger’s, insights on his latest book, “Made for Good Purpose” and his love for poetry and the arts.