Summer@CIP 2016 Experience independence and get a taste of college life during CIP’s two week summer programs!

A program for students with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences.

College is not all about academics – it’s about fostering connections, learning the necessary skills to succeed and having fun while doing it.

Several fun and exciting activities are planned throughout the two-week session. Students will spend time outdoors hiking, swimming and exploring local highlights. Last year’s participants loved the ropes course, paddle boarding, theme park trip and professional sports outing; this year will be no different! Students will also have some scheduled downtime to relax and socialize.

Life Skills

Students are taught important independent living skills such as cooking and making healthy food choices; time management and organization; and laundry and cleaning instruction. Additionally, staff target the importance of maintaining overall well-being with a balance of diet, fitness, personal hygiene, and stress management. Experienced CIP staff members provide students with a balance of independence and structured support.

Shopping, cooking, and cleaning -- our Summer students do it all!

Person-Centered Plans

The Person-Centered Plan is a unique self-exploration and assessment tool that provides each student an opportunity to conceptualize his or her short and long-term goals in a visual and creative process. Using multimedia tools, each student creates a personal presentation. Students work on their projects throughout the 2 weeks, understanding that achieving goals requires instruction, practice, and reinforcement.

PCPs focus on objectives that encompass CIP’s curriculum. An understanding of each student’s special interests allows CIP staff to help develop realistic goals which can be visually tracked and modified over time. The PCP is one of many tools CIP uses to help students build competencies and adapt to new environments, ensuring they will have the skills they need to be successful independent adults.

We work hard -- but we play hard too!

Here are just a few photos showing off all the outdoor activities offered to us during Summer@CIP.

Summer@CIP participants also get the chance to visit various farms and wildlife sanctuaries.

Here is a student at Bradley Farm in Lanesboro MA.
And this one was at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL.

Friendships

Summer@CIP students build lasting friendships and create unforgettable memories....

Meet Benj

Benj won last year's Shoot for Success Summer Video Contest and received a $1,000 scholarship to the Summer@CIP program. He had a blast this past summer with 17 other participants for two weeks of fun activities and on-the-go learning.

Benj is going into his junior year of high school and beginning to think about college.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for organizing and executing an absolutely EXTRAORDINARY experience for Benj! We are so thrilled. He gained a lot of confidence in his ability to take on new challenges, adapt to new situations, and try new things. He loved dorm living, soaked up all the culture, and made some VERY strong friendships -- you would die to read the notes on his T-Shirt (Benj you are the nicest person I have ever met in my life!)” - from Benj's mom

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