Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will I benefit from OPS?
A: Participating students typically experience:
- Increased potential for successful academic and life outcomes,
- A smoother transition to higher education; and,
- An ability to identify, express and meet personal needs and goals.
Q: What services will I receive?
A: You will receive:
- A comprehensive individual assessment for identification of specific challenges and needs, strengths, interests and goals.
- support of a trained Student Mentor. Guided by a Transition Coordinator and based on the student’s individual plan, mentors help students become self-advocates and provide a variety of supports including:
- teaching critical skills such as time management, effective communication, problem-solving, decision making, stress management, study and test taking skills, and goal setting;
- connecting students to campus resources;
- assisting in the identification and implementation of individual compensatory strategies and/or accommodations that promote academic and campus life success;
- practicing of social and interpersonal skills as needed; and,
- facilitating effective transition beyond OPS.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The OPS Program fee is $1,500 per semester for students with disabilities. Additionally, grant funding provides a limited number of OPS service scholarships. To qualify, students must have an autism spectrum disorder and/or a brain injury type of disability. If eligible, students receive support services for up to three semesters on a first come, first serve basis. If a student needs and desires OPS support beyond three semesters, the full program fee of $1,500 per semester is required.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Typically, the starting point is Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); schedule an appointment with an RDS Counselor to discuss whether the OPS program is right for you. Once you qualify for services through RDS, you will need to contact an OPS staff representative to complete intake forms and determine OPS eligibility. You may do this by calling 491-5930 and requesting that an OPS representative contact you to arrange a meeting time.