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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-olds with ASD who will or have received the Future-Ready Core high school diploma. The program is offered across North Carolina at AB Tech, Alamance, Cape Fear, Central Piedmont, Guilford Tech, Johnston, Pitt, and Wake Tech Community Colleges. Click on the community college logo above to learn about the Fall 2022 program that is being offered at that location and how to enroll.

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. Students also receive individual career counseling, higher education counseling, and self-advocacy counseling. This program is available statewide in North Carolina.

Students participating in the T-STEP program will:

  • Receive group and individualized sessions focused on skills to support transition to adulthood.
  • Be counseled in career exploration, higher education, and self-advocacy.
  • Learn to identify skills, strengths, and supports that they can use in post-secondary and employment settings.

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