Academic Initiatives and Services

We’re changing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Bridges to Adelphi Program 

  • Launched in 2007, the Bridges to Adelphi Program is designed to enhance college life for students with nonverbal learning disabilities including autism spectrum disorders and social anxiety disorders. The project director is Mitch Nagler.
  • Adelphi students from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education and the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies support the project as coaches and learning assistants.
  • The number of students has increased each year; currently, 45 students are enrolled in the project. The cumulative GPA of all Bridges students was 3.20 at the end of the fall 2010 semester.

Assistive Technology Lab

  • Located in the Hy Weinberg Center, the Assistive Technology Lab is funded by a federal grant received by Dr. Cindy Arroyo.
  • The lab features a wide array of speech generating devices that can support individuals who have severe expressive communication disability, including individuals with autism. Staff and students conduct evaluations and use the lab for teaching, community service, and research.

For further information, please contact:

Center for Health Innovation
Audrey Onderdonk
Administrative Assistant
p – 516.877.4582
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