T-STEP Frequently Asked Questions
The T-STEP is a community college class supporting the transition to adulthood for 16–21-year-old students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The T-STEP is a collaboration with the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program, the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NCDVRS), North Carolina community colleges, and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.
- Twice weekly class (1 ½ hour for each class period) including group discussions, role-plays, and workbook activities.
- One-hour meeting for counseling (Self-Advocacy, Higher Education or Career Exploration), with a T-STEP counselor.
- Approximately two hours a week working in their T-STEP internship.
During the summer, the T-STEP is a 6-week program meeting 4 days/week for a total of 12-14 hours per week.
- Goal Achievement Skills – Choosing and working towards 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.
Currently, this program is being offered at:
- A-B Tech Community College (Asheville)
- Alamance Community College (Graham)
- Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington)
- Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte)
- Guilford Tech Community College (Greensboro)
- Johnston Community College (Smithfield)
- Pitt Community College (Greenville)
- Wake Tech Community College (Raleigh)
The T-STEP program will not be offered every semester at each college. Across the next year, the T-STEP will be offered at each of these sites at least once. We cannot guarantee a specific semester for program participants. Please refer any potentially eligible individuals to the T-STEP Program as soon as possible so we can confirm which colleges provide the program during the next year.
For more information about the T-STEP Program, please contact us at TSTEPinfo@med.unc.edu or 919-843-9505