Admissions Insights: Why Families Enroll in CIP's Transition Programs


At CIP, our admissions and enrollment specialists have thousands of conversations with families who are in the process of identifying an appropriate and well-fitting transition program like CIP for their young adult with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences.


We've summarized the information below from our enrolling families; sharing the specific areas of challenge our families have faced, along with their wants and motivators that the CIP is uniquely set up to address.


Common Areas of Challenge:

  • Challenges in managing daily activities and responsibilities without support.
  • Concerns about navigating life transitions and planning for the future.
  • Anxiety about social interactions and forming meaningful friendships.
  • Uncertainty about career paths and lack of vocational skills.
  • The fear of not being adequately prepared for college or independent living.
  • Difficulty in organizing tasks and managing time effectively.
  • Fear of being too far from home or lacking supportive resources.


Wants & Motivators

A Holistic Approach to Independence:

  • Comprehensive support in various aspects of independent living.
  • Building confidence, self-reliance, and self-advocacy skills.


Tailored Support and Individualized Programs:

  • Customized support based on individual needs and goals.
  • Guidance in navigating life transitions and planning for the future.


Development of Independent Living Skills:

  • Support in learning essential adulting skills, such as managing daily activities like grocery shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, and laundry.
  • Opportunity to practice independent living in a supportive environment.
  • Gain skills in personal finance management, budgeting, and utilizing necessary resources independently.
  • Develop self-care routines, navigate living spaces and transportation safely, and improve situational awareness.


A Focus on Socialization and Community Building:

  • Emphasis on developing social skills and forming friendships.
  • Creating a supportive community for individuals with autism.


Independent Time Management:

  • Improve organizational and executive functioning skills.
  • Successfully manage personal schedules and academic coursework independently.
  • Develop strategies for time management and task prioritization.


Transitional Support for College Readiness:

  • Assistance in transitioning from high school to college.
  • Preparation for college life and academic responsibilities.


Career Exploration and Vocational Skills:

  • Exposure to career options and vocational training.
  • Support in identifying career goals and gaining work experience.
  • Prepare for future careers through work experience or college classes.
  • Identify and pursue academic and professional paths aligned with personal interests and goals.
  • Gain vocational skills and experience to enhance employability.


Proximity and Convenience:

  • Location convenience and proximity.
  • Access to furnished apartments and supportive staff.


CIP is for neurodiverse young adults 18-26 years old seeking to unlock their full potential and to take their rightful place as citizens of the world. We offer tailored full-year supported apartment transition programs with comprehensive support services; fostering success in college, employment, and independent living. Contact CIP's admissions office to find out if CIP is a good fit for you!

About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.