The Autism Liaison Services at Mississippi State University was developed through a collaboration with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and The Autism & Developmental Disabilities Clinic (ADDC). Autism Liaisons offer services and support to degree seeking students on the Autism Spectrum to facilitate their success at Mississippi State. With the assistance of DRC, the Liaisons can meet a wide range of individual student needs.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive, developmental disorder. Students with ASD experience social communication and interaction deficits across multiple settings. Many students with ASD engage in restricted, repetitive, patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. ASD varies in severity across individuals, abilities, and intellectual/adaptive functioning.
What do Autism Liaisons Do?
- Meet with students weekly, biweekly, and/or monthly depending upon the individual needs of the student
- Train faculty on how to recognize students with ASD and offer strategies on how to accommodate these individuals
- Work with students on the Spectrum to improve academic performance, organizational skills, and autonomy
- Assist students in acquiring and utilizing appropriate social skills
- Coach students on how to improve interview skills and professional behavior
- Create and distribute monthly newsletters that include extra reminders about upcoming dates/events/etc.
- Organize monthly socials on campus
Students who are interested in services provided by Autism Liaisons must be enrolled at Mississippi State University, have a diagnosis consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and must be registered with the Disability Resource Center.
* Services are Free of charge for those registered through DRC.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center seeks to provide educational access and opportunity through support, resources, advocacy, collaboration, and academic accommodations for students with disabilities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) who are accepted to the University.
The Autism & Developmental Disabilities Clinic
This clinic serves individuals from childhood through early adulthood who have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other developmental disabilities. Students who meet with Autism Liaisons will do so at the clinic.