Education Core Associates - Social for Adults with Autism, October 2014

Center for Autism, Education Core Associate Positions Available 

CSUF students working with the Education Core will have a distinct role based upon Core needs and student interests and experiences. It is our goal for students to increase their knowledge and capabilities while performing a service to the autism community. Responsibilities with the Core may include:

  • Assisting with Social Compass intervention groups
  • Supporting the Peer Assistance College Support (PACS) program through content development and participant coordination and training
  • Creating accessible training materials for teachers and families
  • Research assistance
  • Engaging with community members seeking information
  • Monitoring and summarizing current advancements in the field of autism
  • Distributing Education Core information to community groups

What is required to be an Education Core Associate?

  1. A commitment of 5 hours per week for at least one semester
  2. Ability to work on and off-campus
  3. Enrollment in SPED 499 (3 units)

If you would like more information on an Education Core Associate position, please email Trissie Lee (trissie.lee@csu.fullerton.edu) and Cc Dr. Erica Howell (ehowell@fullerton.edu) with the following information:

  1. Place “Associate Position” in the title
  2. Provide a description of work or related experience pertaining to autism, including a resume or CV
  3. Include your GPA
  4. List a brief statement of why you are interested in the position

Spring 2016 Education Core Associates

Trissie Lee

Education Associates

Ashley Rojo
Candy Valles
Carolyn Foote
Denise Rousseau
Hana Lee
Joslyn Lem
Bethany Lai
Christina Gibson
Gabriela Lepe
John Kim
Sidrich Chhour 


Associates not pictured:

Ryhaneh Sadri
Shane Toal
Yamillet Brizuela

Peer Assisted College Support Program (PACS)

PACS student mentorsThe Peer Assisted College Support (PACS) program provides practical assistance to college students at CSUF with autism. Transitioning to post-secondary education has unique challenges for all students, but typical rituals such as joining a club, engaging in group work, and communicating with professors may be especially problematic for college-students with autism. In order to facilitate a successful college experience, PACS pairs up a CSUF student with autism to a veteran college student who has experienced success at the college level. The partners meet bi-weekly through the semester to discuss and work through pertinent issues related to navigating college. This program allows students to troubleshoot the challenges of attending college with someone who is actually in college!

What does PACS require of mentoring partners?

  • Meet once every two weeks with your partner
  • An understanding that you and your partner have a lot to share with each other!

Interested in being a mentoring partner? Please email Dr. Debra Cote (dcote@fullerton.edu) with the following information:

  • Major
  • GPA
  • Include information on why you are interested in participating in PACS 

Students 4 Autism

Students 4 Autism is a new club initiated in Fall 2013 and is a collaborative endeavor by students with and without autism spectrum disorders. In collaboration with CSUF’s Center for Autism, the aim of the Club is to provide bi-weekly social activities so that CSUF students with autism engage with fellow students in fun and natural activities. All are welcome! For more information or if you would like to join, contact Club President, David Ferreira, at daferreira88@csu.fullerton.edu and submit the attached membership form below.

Students 4 Autism Membership Form

Autism Speaks U, Cal State Fullerton autism-speaks

Autism Speaks U, CSUF is a campus club that strives to further the mission of Autism Speaks by engaging the campus community and the local community through awareness, education, community service, fundraising, and in doing so, positively affect the lives of those with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Events have included Bowling for Autism, Skate for a Cause, and electronics recycling. The club raised over $4,000 for Autism Speaks in one month! For information on becoming a member, please contact Autism Speaks U, CSUF Co-President: Chelsea Krueger and Celene Canalas, at president@autismspeaksucsuf.com

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