Center for Students with Disabilities

CSD Summer Transition Program

Planning for the transition from high school to college is an exciting and somewhat confusing time. To help families and students, the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) offers the Summer Transition Program, a rigorous four-week transition program for incoming freshmen with disabilities. The intent of this program is to help students make a positive transition from high school to university life while introducing and familiarizing them to a typical college course load. Students are enrolled in two, 3-credit courses and are encouraged to devote a significant amount of time to complete all tasks assigned by class instructors. Students have opportunities to access support and assistance from CSD staff and graduate students to assist them with the learning process. A variety of opportunities are available for students to develop relationships with campus and community resources. Transition Mentors help students during the move-in process and through other activities aimed at promoting their academic and social adjustment to college life.

Summer Transition Program Coursework Includes:

  • Develop Ed. 50: Academic Study Skills (3 credits): This course emphasizes such things as note-taking skills, test taking strategies, verbal and written language skills, and the process of writing a university level research paper. Additionally, the students analyze their academic learning profile to develop targeted strategies for academic success. Students write a comprehensive paper on their strengths and weaknesses, learning style and effective strategies for studying. 
  • Introduction to Disability Identity Theory Development (3 credits): This 100-level course explores Disability Identity Theory and its development through a Disability Studies framework. Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines disability through a social and cultural lens, in which disability is a part of human diversity. The course explores various perspectives and policies regarding disability in the United States. Through an analysis of disability culture, history, legislation and advocacy in the United States, this course helps students gain familiarity with alternative perspectives of disability and their histories, including their own. In this course, students will develop communication skills, critical thinking and learning strategies and skills. Students engage in projects and presentations, and write a research paper and written reflections on assigned readings.  
  • One-to-one support from professional staff: Students have opportunities to get support and assistance from professional staff and graduate students to assist them with the learning process.
  • Connect with campus and community resources: Students utilize various resources while living on campus.  They have the opportunity to become involved in co-curricular activities and become familiar with other campus and community departments and services.
  • Access to Project ASSIST tutoring: Drop-in tutoring is available in the afternoons and evenings (Mondays through Thursdays) for assistance with coursework. 

Cost of Attending the Summer Transition Program:

Residents Non-Residents
Tuition for courses (6 credits) $  1,912.40 $  4,055.60
Housing (4 weeks) 720.00 720.00
Meal plan (14 meals per week) 291.50 291.50
Project ASSIST fee 300.00 300.00
Totals: 3,223.90 5,367.10

* Listed fees are from summer 2017. Fees are subject to change. Financial Aid is available based on student's financial needs. Project ASSIST has a limited amount of scholarships available based on financial need. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact our office for further information.