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Center for Autism and Neurodiversity

The Center for Autism and Neurodiversity (CAN) — formerly known as DASP — is a fee-based, student-centered program for current neurodivergent Drexel students with the goal of promoting academic and social competency, self-advocacy, interpersonal skills, independent living, and social integration. Our goal is to ensure that CAN participants take advantage of University life, develop the academic and social skills needed to pursue career opportunities, and lead a full and enriched life.

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CAN Offers

  • A person-centered approach.
  • One-on-one academic coaching.
  • One-on-one employment and co-op coaching.
  • One-on-one peer mentoring.
  • One-on-one advisors that assist with collaboration across campus with Academic Advising, Housing and Residence Life, Disability Resources, the Steinbright Career Development Center (co-op and career services), Academic Resources, Counseling and Health Services, and more.
  • Neurodiversity course (1.5 credits) offered through the School of Education to assist with the transition to college and employment.
  • Weekly scheduled study hours.
  • Weekly scheduled structured and unstructured social hours.
  • Planned social events in conjunction with the student organization, Neurodragons.
  • A campus advisory board focused on community engagement and ongoing partnerships with other Drexel units, local employers, and educational institutions.
  • Collaborations with other campus departments such as:

Note: Resources for social skills and related items are made possible in part by a grant from CCRES.