A total of 46 new students from across the country (including Israel, Spain, Antigua and Puerto Rico) are enrolled in the 2010 CIP Summer Program located on four college campuses in the US.
The 2009 pilot Summer Program in Berkeley set the course for this years expansion to the campuses of Elms College in Massachusetts, FIT in Florida, IU Bloomington in Indiana and UC Berkeley in California. Each location gives teens a 2 week introduction to CIP’s comprehensive curriculum developed specifically for students with Asperger’s syndrome, ADD and other learning differences.
The goal of CIP’s Summer Program is to prepare transitioning teens socially and emotionally for the transition from high school to college or careers. Students get a taste of independence, a chance to make new friends and valuable experience to help prepare them for the future.
As in introduction to college life, students tour both the campus they reside on as well as a neighboring community college, giving insight into the full spectrum of services available. Dorm life closely models a typical college experience, with CIP staff members acting as “Super RA’s”, assisting with organization of dorm rooms, time management and 24/7 availability for emergencies.
Students partake in fun outings including a ropes course, rock climbing, water parks and amusement parks, trips to the zoo and a diversity dinner in which students try cuisine they are not necessarily accustomed to.
I was able to act my natural self… I was more social than usual and tried to get to know everyone. Though it may only be temporary, I’ve changed since coming here. Not all my expectations were met, but I was having too much fun to notice! – 2010 Summer Program student
Abby Tierney, Summer Program Coordinator states “The theme of our Summer Program is change; embracing it, taking on the challenges and enjoying the ride along the way.”
The Florida and Indiana programs have already concluded. Berkeley started 4th of July weekend and is in progress and Berkshire starts July 18th at Elms College.
For more information on the summer program please visit www.cipsummer.com or call 877-566-9247 x 13.