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Connections

A group for UMass Lowell students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Overview

Connections is a group for UMass Lowell students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Connections provides an opportunity to meet other UMass Lowell students with ASD, and to share information and provide support that may increase your success at UMass Lowell. Connections meets once a week for 7-weeks. Connections is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Psychology (Associate Prof., Ashleigh Hillier), UMass Lowell's Counseling Center, and UMass Lowell's Student Disability Services.

Connections: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the UMass Lowell “Connections” program?

    Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. (UMass Lowell Department of Psychology), UMass Lowell's Counseling Center, and UMass Lowell’s Student Disability Services run “Connections” for UMass Lowell students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants meet for an hour once a week for seven weeks at UMass Lowell's south campus. Meetings are free and confidential. The program is offered in both Spring and Fall semesters.

  • What are the aims of “Connections”?

    The aims of Connections are:

    • To provide an opportunity to connect with other UMass Lowell students with ASD.
    • To share information and provide support to other UMass Lowell students with ASD.
  • What will we do in the weekly Connections meetings?

    In weekly Connections meetings we will discuss topics such as:

    • course selection
    • disclosing ASD
    • time management
    • dealing with stress
    • avoiding procrastination
    • connecting with other students
    • social life on campus
    • life after graduation
  • What are the logistics?

    Connections takes place each semester once a week for an hour for 7-weeks at UMass Lowell south campus. Day of the week and exact time are decided closer to the time based on students' schedules.

  • How do I join the Connections program?

    To join Connections please contact Jody Goldstein in Student Disability Services.
    University Crossing, #300
    Lowell, MA 01854
    Phone: 978-934-4574
    Email: disability@uml.edu

  • What else?

    • It is free to attend the Connections sessions.
    • Meetings and what is discussed is confidential.
    • It doesn’t matter what your major is or what year you are in.
    • Sessions are led by UMass Lowell Counseling Center staff.