Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the expected outcomes of Summer@CIP?
Students develop person-centered plans, gain self-confidence and independent living experiences. They walk away with lasting memories and lifelong friendships. A detailed assessment is provided after the program is complete.
What can parents and students expect to receive at the end of the program?
Parents receive an evaluation of student’s progress. Students get a copy of Person-Centered Plan and 1 college credit for completion of the program.
What do students do in the classroom?
Participants get a taste of CIP’s comprehensive curriculum which includes: executive functioning, social thinking and life skills. Our programming does not include academics as the focus of the program is to build life skills and have fun.
How many students are accepted in each program?
Generally each program has up to 18 participants. All students are screened to make sure they are a good fit for the program.
Where are the programs located?
CIP currently offers programs in Massachusetts, Indiana, Northern California, Southern California, and Florida (dates and locations are subject to change and usually announced in mid-December).
Where do the students live?
Students live on a college campus in a dorm with a roommate. This way they can practice independent living skills and experience college residential environments.
What kind of qualification and training do staff have?
CIP carefully selects professionals who have experience and specialized degrees working with young adults with ASD and LD and are knowledgeable in the field. All staff receive training specific to the Summer Program and our curriculum.
How will student's prescription medications be handled?
Students must show independence with taking medications but will have daily reminders.
How are roommates selected?
CIP will review all applications once a student is accepted and match students with others of similar interest and age as best as possible.
Should my student bring a computer?
While laptops are allowed, our summer program is designed to encourage active learning, the development of friendships and having fun. Students will not be allowed to take laptops on off-campus activities.
What kind of transportation will students use during the summer program?
Students will utilize public transportation, be expected to walk 15-30 minutes in a given day and will use pre-arranged transportation for some outings.
Can transportation to and from the local airport be arranged?
We will arrange complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs for the following airports:
- Albany International Airport (ALB)
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Please speak with the Director of Summer Programs and Outreach to discuss arrival and departure times prior to booking any flights. If you need transportation from a different airport CIP may be able to accommodate, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What is included in the cost?
The 2017 Summer Program has an all-inclusive cost of $4,900 ($300 will be handed back as cash to practice budgeting and handling money and is pre-budgeted for some meals and activities). The cost covers all activities, room and board (3 meals a day), optional airport pick up and drop off, 24/7 staffing and support, and 1 college credit. Within two weeks of acceptance to the program a non-refundable deposit of $980.00 and registration forms will be required in order to reserve your space. Final payment is due 3 weeks before the program start date.
Will students need more spending money outside the $300 that is included in the tuition?
The $300 is more than enough for the students. Staff work with the students on budgeting their money and appropriate spending.
Are scholarships available?
Yes, candidates can create their own video illustrating why they would like to attend CIP’s summer program. Winners receive partial scholarships.
What are the payment options?
Fill out application online and once approved, payment can be made by credit card, personal check, bank check or money order.
How can I apply?
Apply here! An email will be sent to confirm receipt of materials, please make a copy for your records. Applications are considered for the program on a rolling basis. Faculty decisions are underway. Students will be contacted with decisions by email. Upon acceptance into the program a non-refundable deposit and program registration forms will be required in order to reserve your spot.
What is the admissions criteria?
Visit the admissions page for details
What if I have questions about the application process?