What is Horizons?
Horizons is a college preparation mentoring program for high school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who plan to go to college in the next year or two. Participants will meet with a trained UMass Lowell student who will be their mentor. The goal of Horizons is to help prepare these students for university life and to feel more confident about attending college in the future. Please see our Horizons Brochure (pdf) for more information.
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What will we do in the meetings?
You will cover a curriculum where you will discuss various topics with your mentor such as:
When and where are the meetings?
You will be matched with a trained UMass Lowell student who will be your mentor. You will meet once a week for an hour for 8-weeks at a time that works for you and your mentor. There are two versions of Horizons:
What does Horizons cost?
There is a $75 fee to be in the Horizons program (scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the fee).
Mentors meet on a weekly basis with Associate Professor Hillier to provide an update on progress in the mentor partnerships. At these meetings she provides oversight, advice and guidance to the mentors. Hillier also runs a monthly social networking program for young adults with ASD.