USAO recognized as a top school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity
University’s Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity helps students successfully transition to college

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has recently been recognized in Applied Behavior Analysis Programs’ listing of the “30 Best Small Colleges for Students on the Autism Spectrum 2020.”

The only program of its kind in the state, the Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity assists students with autism spectrum disorder adapt to college life and helps ensure postsecondary success. The program’s collaborative model promotes the development of self-advocacy and independent living skills to encourage both academic and social progress. Varying levels of academic, social and residential support are available to help students reach their personal and professional goals. 

“It’s always a great feeling to see your hard work lauded on such a high level,” said Cathy Perri, director of the Neill-Wint Center. “Everyone at USAO—our faculty, staff and students—shows their extraordinary passion, compassion and commitment to the program’s mission every single day. The success of the students in the program has proven that our efforts provide the kind of support that they need to thrive in the distinctive learning environment available at USAO.”

Criteria for recognition were based on the size of the college, specialized programs, overall friendliness to students with ASD, scholarships and financial aid and other notable offerings such as autism-related research programs.

Applied Behavior Analysis Programs provides expert guidance about the top universities helping their students succeed in becoming board certified in this therapeutic discipline. Applied behavior analysis helps to develop desirable responses and extinguish negative ones and is a popular modality when working with autistic individuals.

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