CIP at a Glance
CIP is one of the most comprehensive programs in the world for young adults on the autism spectrum and with learning differences:
- Founded in 1984 to help young people with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences make successful transitions from adolescence to young adulthood
- Full year and summer programs located in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, California and New York
- Comprehensive curriculum developed specifically for students with Asperger’s, High-functioning Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences
- The CIP program focuses on real-life skills in areas of social thinking, executive functioning, sensory processing and wellness
- Each student’s vision and goals are explored and help determine their services and supports
- Residential apartment living support prepares students for independent living
- A team of staff are dedicated to each students personal success
Curriculum and Tracks
Students receive individualized supports in the area of social skills, college academics, internship and career development and life skills. Incoming students are assessed and a Level of Support is determined which provides each student with the appropriate amount and type of supports for success.
While students receive CIP’s individualized core curriculum and supports, each student individually chooses to pursue one of the following areas of focus.
Available Areas of Focus:
- College/Certification Track – Attend a local college, university or vocational program with CIP’s support and direction
- Career Skills Training & Employment Program -Take part in C-STEP, CIP’s career development track offering hand-on, small group classes and more extensive internship and job positions
- Visual & Performing Arts Track – Pursue CIP’s Visual & Performing Arts Program offering small group classes aimed at developing a career in the visual and performing arts fields (at CIP Berkshire only)
Best Practices and Outcomes
With the insights provided by Dr. Michael McManmon and the CIP Professional Advisory Board, individuals who are leaders in their fields, CIP comprehensively addresses student needs for best possible outcomes. The CIP program is constantly evolving as more is understood about learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
CIP’s approach to developing employment skills — that which places the student within the employment context with needed supports — are widely-considered the most effective.
High School students and graduates with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, NLD and other Learning Differences have the unique opportunity to acquire and practice their newly found skills in a fun and supportive environment during CIP’s two week Summer Programs located across the US.