Special Programs

We support your success through a variety of programs and services.

Bridge Program

Designed for Elmhurst undergraduates on the autism spectrum, the Bridge Program combines   individualized mentoring with small-group sessions to help participants develop executive functioning skills and other strategies for academic success.

Group sessions focus on topics including:

  • Getting Organized
  • Working with Others
  • Staying Focused
  • Reducing Stress
  • Reading Strategies and Taking Multiple Choice Exams
  • Writing Essays and Taking Essay Exams

To participate, students must be registered with Elmhurst College’s Access and Disability Services. Space is limited, and applications are reviewed on a first-come / first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply by August 1 for Fall Term.

The Bridge Program is a collaboration between Access and Disability Services and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For more information, contact Victoria Jay, director of the Elmhurst College Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

The Advantage Program (coordinated with Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy)

Students enrolled in a degree program at the College, and interested in some support from the ELSA program, have the opportunity to enroll in one ELSA course alongside three degree courses at the College. Students must apply and be admitted into Elmhurst College first. Once admitted, students can submit an ELSA application along with latest IEP and educational evaluations. ELSA staff will invite the candidate in for an interview to help determine which ELSA courses may best complement the student’s goals.

Students will work closely with the College access and disability coordinator for academic accommodations desired for degree courses. Students have pursued ELSA courses such as: Intro to College Life, Education Coaching, Self Determination, Individual Literacy Needs, and various career exploration courses. Students interested in the Advantage Program are strongly recommended to meet with the ELSA admission counselor, and the College access and disability coordinator prior to completing an ELSA application.

For more information about the Advantage Program, contact Tim Ahlberg.

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