The LLC teaches social thinking and offers individualized support for facing the challenges of college life. Students also receive comprehensive academic support offered by the JLC.
Intended for students who need more support with social and independent living skills, the Living & Learning Community (LLC) is offered by the University’s Jones Learning Center (JLC), one of the country’s premier resources for college students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, and a variety of other learning differences.
Established in 2012, the LLC is a natural extension of the dynamic services provided by the JLC. This program combines the academic services of the JLC with an enhanced residential life component. With trained staff to help students acquire and apply social thinking and independent living skills, the LLC residential experience is designed to help first year students ease their transitions to college life. Services include individual and group consultation, academic support and advocacy, skills teaching and practice, and social programming. The LLC is designed for highly capable students who may need additional residential support, social and communication skills teaching, and stress management assistance during their freshman year.
Intended for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other disabilities affecting social skills, communication skills, and independent living skills, LLC services include but are not limited to all of the following:
- Individual consultation with the ASD Services/LLC Coordinator and Academic Support Coordinator
- group consultation
- Living environment with consistent support and check-ins with their specially trained resident assistant who receives support from the LLC Coordinator as well as Residential Life Staff.
- Social supports and opportunities
The final component of the LLC programming is perhaps its most essential. LLC students live in private rooms in campus housing partially dedicated to their use. As such, the LLC uses community living and dining areas, kitchen, and laundry areas to provide skills teaching, support, and practice. This model allows the LLC to provide wraparound services to support students in multiple life domains.