The town of Lee is in The Berkshires of Massachusetts, located 112 miles from Boston and 130 from New York City. Both a top destination and place to live, The Berkshires was ranked by National Geographic for “Best-Rated Places” as the #3 in the USA. CIP Berkshire, which was founded in 1984, has the largest community of students and staff of all the CIP centers and has strong roots in the community.
Students with learning differences who choose to pursue a course of study at a local college, university or vocational program receive individualized support and direction from CIP’s academic support team.
CIP Berkshire offers support at local 2-year, 4-year and business school options while students pursue majors such as Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Animal Care, Engineering and Fine Arts.
CIP Berkshire helps prepare young adults with Asperger’s, autism, ADHD and other learning differences for the world of work. From resume development to job coaching, CIP’s career department supports students while they pursue their interests.
The Berkshire’s offer unique opportunities in the fields of visual and performing arts, hospitality and management, culinary arts, early childhood education and much more.
Students reside in fully furnished apartments located within a couple blocks of the CIP offices. Living with one to four apartment-mates, each student has their own bedroom and shares the bathroom(s), kitchen and living room.
Independent living supports offered within apartments include menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, assistance with time management and organization and more so that students learn real-life skills and routines.
Young adults with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, NLD and other Learning Differences have the unique opportunity to practice their newly found skills in a fun and supportive environment during CIP’s two week Summer Programs.
The Mploy Job Readiness Program is designed for young adults with ASD and LD ages 18 to 26 who are interested in entering the workforce and transitioning to independent living. Participants develop employment readiness skills, learn self-advocacy, develop friendships and take part in activities designed to help them prepare for their future.Visit www.mploy.org