By Maggie Rians Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs
The Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs will launch a learning community in fall 2018 that will connect students on the autism spectrum.
One of the few programs of its kind, the Spectrum Learning Living Community (LLC) will give students who are on the autism spectrum or who are interested in or in some way connected to the autism community a chance to live and learn together in Eppright Hall on the south side of Texas A&M’s campus.
Students who join the community will have the chance to learn and develop both academic and social skills by participating in specialized activities and events. The community will allow them to build friendships, gain a better understanding of the advantages and challenges facing students with autism, and introduce them to a community of students with similar interests.
Compared to similar programs at other universities, Spectrum will differ in that there will be no fees outside those of any other campus dorm. Other universities offer similar services that can cost up to $4,000 a semester in addition to tuition and other fees. The ultimate goal of Spectrum is to make Texas A&M a more inclusive campus for students.
“We couldn’t imagine anybody who would not benefit from being exposed to neurodiversity and learning more about autism through Spectrum LLC. Many students, particularly those who are pursuing special education, educational psychology, law and public advocacy, and political science, may benefit from participating in the community,” Carol Binzer, director of administrative and support services, Department of Residence Life said.