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If you are interested in receiving more information about the T-STEP Program and/or would like to move forward with the application process, please complete the T-STEP Pre-Screening Questionnaire. A member of our T-STEP team will contact you via email within one week from submission.

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The T-STEP was developed to support the transition to employment and post-secondary education for 16-21-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder who will or have received the Future-Ready Core high school diploma. Participation includes skill instruction, group practice, video modeling, and role-plays. Additionally, students practice these skills on a weekly basis at a volunteer internship site. Students also receive individual career counseling, higher education counseling, and self-advocacy counseling. This program is available statewide in North Carolina.

The T-STEP covers four areas important for transition readiness:

  • Goal Achievement Skills – Choosing and working toward an individual’s goals.
  • Executive Function Skills – Approaching tasks in an organized manner, time management, and flexibility.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills – Coping with stress and accepting corrective feedback.
  • Social Skills – Getting help when needed and professional social skills.

Through funding from the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and research funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the T-STEP is offered free of charge for 16-21-year-old students with ASD across NC at AB Tech, Cape Fear, Central Piedmont, Guilford Technical, Pitt, and Wake Tech Community Colleges.


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For more information, contact the T-STEP team at 919-843-9505 or TSTEPinfo@med.unc.edu

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