Edinboro University’s autistic support and accessibility services once again rank among the best in the nation, according to a nationwide higher education guidance website.
This spring, Best Value Schools classified Edinboro University and its Office for Accessibility Services (OAS) among the 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism 2019 – recognizing Edinboro with the No. 5 national rank. The online higher-education resources and ranking website touted Edinboro’s Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS), which was developed to help students with autism make a smooth transition to college life.
“In addition to promoting academic success for all Edinboro students, our mission is also to promote confidence and independence for young adults through our inclusive support services,” said Adam Glass, coordinator of Disability Services in Edinboro’s OAS. “BASIS allows students with autism to find their path to success and make an easy transition to adult life and professional development.”
BASIS is comprised of individualized support programs for Edinboro students, which focuses on five key areas: academics, communication, daily living skills, employment readiness and social skills. BASIS also provides social and academic peer advising, weekly sessions with transition coaches, testing and classroom accommodations, writing services and social activities.
Edinboro University’s OAS exists to promote confidence and independent functioning of all students and to educate and increase understanding of students with disabilities in the college community. Upon request, the office provides services and accommodations for students with disabilities such as academic aides, assistive technology, homework aides, peer advising and writing specialists.
Edinboro is one of four Pennsylvania schools ranked among the Top 25, and the only university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Also recognized by Best Value Schools were Mercyhurst University (No. 3), Eastern University (No. 13) and Saint Joseph’s University (No. 19).
“To be ranked among the best programs in Pennsylvania and the U.S. is a true testament to the hard work of Edinboro’s faculty and staff to meet the individual needs of our students,” said Dr. Stacie Wolbert, Edinboro University’s associate vice president for Student Affairs. “This also showcases the drive and passion of Edinboro students to succeed at the highest level.”
Best Value Schools began ranking national higher-education institutions as the prevalence of autism diagnoses started to grow rapidly. In 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control determined that the ratio of children born with some degree of autism was 1 in 150. In 2014, that ratio increased to 1 in 59.
To address the increased task of assisting students with autism, Best Value Schools researched thousands of institutions to rank colleges and universities based on cost and program offerings. Tuition and fees for an undergraduate Edinboro University student in 2018-2019 was $10,543.40 for Pennsylvania residents and $15,062 for a non-Pennsylvania resident.
BASIS services are offered at an additional $2,500 per semester, with potential funding available for students to offset the cost
For more information about Edinboro University’s Office for Accessibility Services and the BASIS program, visit www.edinboro.edu/OAS or contact (814) 732-2462.