STRIVE: Self-Determined Transition Readiness Through Individual Vocational Experiences
STRIVE is a post-secondary education program offering two semesters of non-credit employment skills development at the University of Missouri for 18- to 30-year-olds with autism or a similar diagnosis.
Thanks to generous private and public support, the $8,000 program cost per student is reduced to only $3,500. With that investment, STRIVE participants will receive 300 hours of skill instruction, 60 hours of mentorship and up to 300 hours of work experience during the 10-month program. Some financial assistance is available by completing this application.
Prepare for employment with STRIVE’s 3 Pillars:
- Direct skill instruction led by staff from the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Job experience and coached feedback
- Peer mentoring for participants; parent support for caregivers
- A strong desire to become more independent and work competitively
- Autism diagnosis or a diagnosis with similar symptoms; documentation may be required
- Age 18-30 years (exceptions may be made by strive staff)
- No longer enrolled in high school
- Comprehensive (both nonverbal and verbal) IQ at or above 85 (verification may be required)
- Completed Admissions Checklist and Online Application (see below)
Ready to set yourself up for success? Apply now to begin fall semester 2019. Spots are limited.
Questions? Contact Cortney Fish | firstname.lastname@example.org | 573.884.6276