College and Circle of Support
Maddie's college experience
Who can participate?
Any person diagnosed with ASD who is graduating from high school with a college bound
diploma, an ACT score of at least 17, and meets both WKU and KAP Circle of Support requirements is encouraged to complete
an application. The interested student needs to first apply to and be admitted to
Western Kentucky University.
After the individual has received notification of acceptance, he or she needs to contact the Kelly Autism Program and request an intake packet. He or she will complete the intake packet and return it to KAP. After KAP reviews the intake packet we will contact you to schedule an interview. During this process we will review your packet and determine if you would be a good match for our program.
Currently, KAP does not have a set date that applications are due. However, we encourage you to act quickly as our program typically reaches capacity before the end of each semester. KAP interviews participants by the order they receive applications.
What does KAP Circle of Support Provide?
The KAP Circle of Support provides four major areas of assistance: private room, study tables mentoring and socials. The theoretical framework for KAP is Social Information Processing Theory and Executive Function Skill Development.
1. Private Room
We recognize the need for space and will provide a single room. Every attempt is made to assign you to a residence hall that has a quiet living environment. As part of KAP, your rate is for double occupancy but you will be assigned a single room.
2. Study Tables
KAP also provides mandatory study tables for all participants four days a week for three hours each session. KAP staff works on executive functioning skills (organization, prioritizing work, etc) as well as tutoring. Study table staff consist of undergraduate and graduate students from WKU who have been trained in using "Evidence Based Practices" for individuals diagnosed with ASD. The staff consist of students from a variety of majors including: Exceptional Education, Communication Disorders, Public Health, English, Math, Biology, etc.. The KAP director and managers are WKU members, who are actively involved with the participants during the tutoring sessions and social activities as well as meeting with the participants individually.
The third support the program provides is mentoring. Each participant is assigned a mentor (undergrad or graduate KAP staff) who meets with them on a weekly basis. The mentor will help the participant get acclimated and involved in various clubs and organizations on WKU's campus. If needed, KAP will also connect participants with counselors.
KAP also has socials several times a months. Participants plan these events.
How do I get my Classroom Adaptations?
The Student Disability Services program provides classroom adaptations such as extended time in a quiet environment, note takers, books on tape, scanned e-text, and other modifications. Please contact them at 270-745-5004 for more details.
Why should I live in a dorm?
Students may live on campus while attending WKU in a variety of settings. Currently KAP has participants in seven different dorms, university apartments and fraternity houses.
Residential life provides the opportunity for social interaction, learning the responsibilities
for later independent living, time management, and total university experiences. You
become part of the WKU family!
For more information about housing and residence life, visit Housing and Residence Life
What will I do on the weekends?
Like other college students, you will have the choice of either staying on campus or going home to visit your family. If you decide to stay on campus, mentors help you plan activities for Saturday to do individually or in a group. Western Kentucky University offers many academic, social and athletic events on the weekends, so campus is very busy. KAP also provides several socials each month that participants can choose to take part in.
What will I eat?
Students will sign up for various meal plans through WKU's dining services, which are offered at a number of campus locations. You will select the meal plan that best meets your needs. For more information about meal plans, visit Dining Services
May I visit KAP before I apply to WKU?
If you would like to talk with a KAP program manager please contact us at 270-745-4527. We encourage families to visit both KAP and WKU before making their final decision. Both KAP and WKU need to be a comfortable fit for our participants.
Does KAP accept transfer students?
KAP does accept transfer students and you will need to apply to WKU before starting the KAP intake process.
How much will it cost?
The cost to be a part of the Residential program is $3,000.00 per semester, which is paid to the Kelly Autism Program. This does not include tuition or housing fees, which are paid to Western Kentucky University. Check with the KAP Director regarding support for this payment.
Is there any financial help for the KAP Residential Program?
There are three possibilities:
1. Traditional loans. It is best to contact the WKU Financial Aide Office or 270- 745-2755, and ask them about loan programs.
2. The second is to contact the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). You will be assigned a rehabilitation counselor who will take an application and determine if you are eligible for services. If you meet the criteria for eligibility, OVR may be able to help with financial assistance for the KAP fee, tuition and textbooks. These services need to be applied for each semester. Some students are eligible to receive aid from Social Security. For more information please contact your Social Security Office.
3. As the program develops, a number of KAP scholarships are planned depending on financial need and overall GPA.
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