Professional Resource Guide
New Haven, CT 06510
The Step Forward High Functioning Autism Spectrum Program is designed for students on the autism spectrum who are academically qualified to enroll in classes at Gateway Community College. The program is designed to create an additional level of support, beyond the federally mandated ADA (disability) services. Students must apply for admission to Gateway Community College and take the placement test to determine appropriate classes. Students requiring academic accommodations must register for disability services. Step Forward I is a 10-month transition program for young adults (18-21) with mild cognitive disabilities. This non-credit program focuses on interpersonal communication skills, career exploration and workplace readiness. In addition to classroom instruction, students are placed in a community or campus-based work experience. Topics covered in the Step Forward I program may include vocational exploration & career planning, job search essentials, personal finances, interpersonal & workplace communications, self-advocacy & disability awareness, and nutrition & fitness. Step Forward II is a 10-month transition program designed for students who have successfully completed Step Forward I.