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Project REACH (For Students On The Autism Spectrum)

Building upon the CUNY's vision, Hunter College’s Project REACH focuses on a shared training opportunity with School of Social Work student interns and autistic students registered with the Office of AccessABILITY. Serving as a field placement agency, the goal of Hunter’s Project REACH is to foster a positive campus community attitude toward inclusion, and provide a steady and focused training for prospective interns and students.  Our project will help students who may face intense challenges adapting to college life due to difficulties interacting with others, self-regulating, and self-advocating, build a successful academic career while maintaining social relationships and careers in the future. CUNY Project REACH focuses on campus awareness, faculty and staff training and development, as well as direct services, student engagement and career readiness.


The REACH project at Hunter College provides an internship opportunity for BSW students interested in gaining experience while working with and learning from Autistic students registered with the Office of AccessABILITY. Through this project, interns will gain experience working with a population of students that they may one day find themselves working with while gaining academic credits, and learn about general Disability Service office structure and processes. Interns are supervised by a BSW field advisor and AccessABILITY field instructor/coordinator on an ongoing basis who students enhance:

-Executive functioning

-Establishing routines, SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant &Time bound) goals, and other relevant structures for student success

-Emotional wellness

-Task management/prioritization and organizational skills (assignment Support/Management, tracking assignment & exam due dates, timely completion of assignments, prioritizing tasks and setting reminders, enhancing study skills, etc.)

-Exploring Possible Interests

-Strengthening Self-Advocacy Skills

-Improving Effective Communication Skills

-Improving Active/Patient Listening

-Improving Decision-Making Skills

-Becoming Meaningfully Independent

-Reaching goals

For more information regarding this project please contact Director of the program, Sudi Shayesteh

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