T-STEP Program For Students with Autism

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Program for Homeschool Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders


The Charlotte TEACCH Center is excited to partner with Central Piedmont Community College to offer the 12-weekT-STEP program for students ages 16-21, with autism spectrum disorder.

During this 12-week program, students will have the opportunity to learn about organization and executive function skills, emotion regulation skills, and social skills to increase their success at the college level. An additional internship component allows students to practice the skills they have learned with the support of internship related counseling. Further supports are also offered through higher education counseling, career counseling, and self-advocacy counseling.

Several spots remain for the fall course that begins September 12, 2017!


Student sits at desk using computer in TEACCH T-STEP class for students with autism


What is T-Step?

T-STEP is the TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education Program.  This program was developed to support transition to employment and/or postsecondary education settings for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder who have received (or are currently receiving) a standard course of study high school diploma. 


Who is Eligible?

This program is open to students age 16-21, who meet the following criteria:

  • have a confirmed medical diagnosis of autism (all autism spectrum diagnoses qualify)
  • have an IQ in the average range
  • must currently be enrolled as a student in
    • homeschool
    • community college
    • university
    • trade school 


When Does the T-Step Program Start?

Fall session begins on September 12, 2017.  Only seven or eight spots remain open for the fall session.

There will also be a spring session.  The dates of the spring session are yet to be determined, but interviews will begin in October/November.  It is not too early to reach out to TEACCH about the spring session!


When and Where are Classes Held?

Classes are held twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., at the CPCC Central Campus 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28235. Map


What About the Internship?

The internship consists of a total of 20 hours during the 12-week program.  Charlotte TEACCH works closely with CPCC staff to educate them regarding working with students who have a diagnosis of autism.  Program students are placed in an internship that is appropriate for them.  Though Charlotte TEACCH does not accompany students during the internship, they monitor progress and offer support throughout the internship by checking in with the student.  There is flexibility in scheduling the internship program to meet the needs of the student.


Are There Other Services Provided to Program Participants?

Yes.  Charlotte TEACCH also schedules one on one counseling related to career, higher education, and self advocacy during the program.  These sessions are scheduled flexibly to meet the needs of the student.


What is the Total Time Commitment to Participate in the Program?

Once accepted into the program, the time commitment is anticipated to be six to seven hours per week.


How Much Does This Program Cost?

This T-STEP program is FREE to participants.  This program is being underwritten by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services.


I’m Interested, or I Have Questions!  What Do I Do Next?

There are only a few spots left, so if any students and families are interested or have questions, please contact Elena Lamarche at 919-962-3303.  Ms. Lamarche can provide you with further information about the program and how to take the next steps to begin the interview process.  There are several steps to the interview and acceptance process, so interested parents should reach out to the Charlotte TEACCH Center immediately!


You can also download the program information flyer:  Charlotte TEACCH TSTEP Information Brochure 2017-2018


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Doreen Browning