OUR PROJECT: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are the fastest growing diversity group entering higher education across the nation. Research shows that only 40% of students with ASD will complete their degrees, yet students with the UI Raven Scholars program have a graduation rate of 80%. The Raven Scholars program started with just four students in fall 2011. We currently serve up to 30 students per semester with individualized services and are seeing ever-growing demand to serve more students. The Raven Scholar program is a free, donations-based support service for University of Idaho students with ASD! Our program also supplies support in ways that other programs and services are unequipped to deliver. We offer individualized services such as advocacy, one-on-one skills training, services coordination, case management, and intervention for early warning grades or faculty and staff concerns.
One of the ways Raven Scholars helps students achieve such positive retention rates is community. We develop the student's social network through involvement with our returning Raven Scholars, Peer-Mentors and through monthly social events. Our dedicated space on campus is a safe haven for individuals on the spectrum with staff and interns who understand and appreciate Neurodiversity. Raven Scholars know they have a place where no one will judge them and where they can be truly accepted for who they are and get the support they need!
WHAT WILL FUNDING ACCOMPLISH: The program has a large room in the heart of campus, in the Idaho Student Union Building, as part of the Vandal Success Center. While the space is lovely, the room is furnished with a hodgepodge of hand-me-down furniture and has some increasingly dated equipment and materials. We have not added any new games or puzzles to our collection in over a year. The program has some sensory and fidget tools but could benefit from some new additions. With your help we can begin to update some of our seating and add some new fun items for students to engage in. These materials help enrich the Raven Scholar experience and make opportunities for students to engage in a more organic way.
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THANK YOU: Your generous support really does augment the Raven Scholar experience and makes the program more engaging. We greatly appreciate your donation!