Philadelphia (CBS)-A local university is working to ensure that freshmen on the autism spectrum have all the experiences a college student should have. The new Aspire dormitory at St. Joseph University will provide students with assistance in everything from personal care to problem solving and public life.
“Go to college with other people who are different but similar,” said Ryan Moran, a senior at St. Joe’s University.
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This would be ideal, but this is not always the case for seniors like Moran.
“Currently, I am majoring in biology and music with a double degree,” Moran said.
Moran is one of many undergraduates at Saint Joseph University. He is also part of the Aspire project.
“It helps students of different ages to adapt to their college experience, both in college and later in life,” Moran said.
The Aspire project is located at the Kinney Autism Education Center, where Moran and executive director Angus Murray are developing housing plans for the Aspire freshmen to be launched in the fall of 2022.
Murray said: “People on the spectrum have the same needs, needs, and desires as others.” “They only need a little extra support and help to get there.”
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The plan includes the transformation of the former St. Albert Hall into 15 dormitories and living spaces to meet the needs of different groups of people.
“Depending on how socially you are at work, private areas gradually increase,” Moran said.
“If we can succeed in these people now, they will continue to live happy and successful lives, where they can contribute to society,” Murray said.
Just like Moran and his future.
“Ideal plan? Write music, but if that doesn’t work, I think biology is very interesting,” Moran said.
Especially if you have to take care of the tortoise Bubba.
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The university is now accepting applications for housing from 2022-23.