DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College’s Lynch Learning Center is now taking applications for its four-year program designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students enrolled in the ARCH program, that started in 2015, work directly with staff to improve their skills from self-advocacy and organization to stress management and socialization, in addition to earning their bachelor’s degree.
“The Lynch Learning Center has provided a focused program for students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder for nearly 30 years,” said Lynn Gallagher, Ed.D., director of Disability Services at the Lynch Learning Center. “This program is an essential extension of our current services to help another group of students who might have unique educational needs.”
Students meet weekly with a Certified Autism Specialist, attend weekly study table sessions and bi-monthly mentoring meetings. In addition, students receive specialized career preparation including job shadowing, career fairs, internships and one-on-one résumé and cover letter counseling.
“Recent employment data found that 90 percent of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are either unemployed or underemployed,” Gallagher said.
A fee is charged for the program and an additional five-day summer transition program is available to help students acclimate to campus and allow them to move in two days prior to first-year orientation. Students interested in the ARCH program should apply simultaneously to the College and through the Lynch Learning Center.
For more information or to apply, contact Gallagher at Lynn.Gallagher@loras.edu or 563.588.7921.
About the Loras College Lynch Learning Center
The Lynch Learning Center, formerly known as the Lynch Office of Disability Services, was created in 1986 to provide additional services to students with a primary diagnosis of learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder. The Center offers three levels of service for students with diagnosed disabilities: the Enhanced Program, Accommodation Services and the offering for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 11th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges. Visit www.loras.edu to learn more.
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