Summer@CIP is a program for students with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other learning differences.
College is not all about academics – it’s about fostering connections, learning the necessary skills to succeed and having fun while doing it.
Summer@CIP is for participants entering the 10th, 11th and 12th grades in the Fall, as well as recent high school graduates.
- Spend two weeks on a college or university campus learning valuable skills and gaining experience
- Engage in fun and exciting activities
- Experience independent living
- Build confidence and make friends
- Make use of the CIP’s comprehensive curriculum, including: social skills, executive functioning and organization, reframing classes and more
- Earn 1 College Credit for CSD-100: Introduction to the College Experience
- Create a plan for your future
- 24/7 staffing
FUN Summer Activities
Throughout our two-week summer camp session several fun and exciting activities are planned. Spend some time outdoors this summer hiking, swimming and exploring local highlights. Last year’s participants loved the ropes course, theme park trip and professional sports outing; this year will be no different! Participants will also have some scheduled downtime to relax and socialize.
Participants will be introduced to Theme-Based Curriculum, connecting daily themes to a variety of activities and settings, utilizing a combination of teaching methods in the process. It focuses on executive functioning, sensory integration, and social skills. Person-Centered Plans will be developed using PowerPoint and a variety of multimedia. Additional elements will include introduction to the college experience, self-advocacy skills, health and wellness sessions, cooking instruction and interpersonal skills.
Students will be taught important independent living skills such as cooking and healthy food choices, time management and organization, laundry and cleaning instruction. Additionally, staff target the importance of maintaining overall well-being with a balance of diet, fitness, personal hygiene, and stress management. Experienced CIP staff members provide students with a balance of independence and structured support.
Since 2009, the Summer@CIP has helped hundreds of students with Autism and other learning differences prepare for their next steps; whether it is attending a college, preparing for the workforce or building self-esteem. Previous participants had come from over 30 states and Puerto Rico as well as Antigua, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
1 College Credit for CSD-100: Introduction to the College Experience from Elms College is issued to students who attend and complete the Summer@CIP Program.
There will be 24/7 staffing and daily supervision for all activities and overnight on-call staff residing in the dorms with students. Students are expected to adhere to all rules regarding their personal safety and the safety of others. The average staff to student ratio is 1:6.
Housing is provided in dormitories with plenty of space, restrooms, comfortable lounges, and study areas. Students should expect to share a bedroom with at least one other student. There is 24/7 security in the building, plus CIP staff will be staying overnight to ensure a high level of safety for all our participants.
What to Bring
Students should bring at least one week’s worth of clothing that can be easily packed and laundered as well as toiletries (including blow driers, tooth brushes, etc.) They should pack comfortable walking shoes and at least one all-weather jacket. Suntan lotion, a water bottle, and a hat are also recommended. Students must bring a valid I.D., wallet and/or purse for holding a small amount of cash, and cell phone. Upon acceptance, families are provided with a comprehensive list of items to bring.