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Development of Peer Mentoring Curriculum for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Engineering

The Employment Assistance & Social Engagement (EASE) program was developed by Deana Delp and Maria Dixon, and is a joint project between the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE) and the College of Health Solutions (CHS).

Engineering students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible for the program. The EASE program begins with peer mentoring to assist with the transition to college life. As the student progresses through the FSE degree program, the EASE program will transition to focus on career readiness skills.

In its first year of existence, the program has two peer mentors assisting and meeting with engineering students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program also has a curriculum developer who assists the peer mentors with content, meetings, and surveys.

The EASE program was nominated for an ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion Catalyst Award.


Deana Delp
Lecturer, Engineering Academic and Student Affairs

Maria Dixon
Clinical professor, College of Health Solutions

Pictured above:
Top left: Deana Delp, Lecturer
Top middle: Maria Dixon, Clinical Professor
Bottom left: Gil Ruiz, Peer Mentor
Bottom middle: Ignazio Macaluso, Peer Mentor Curriculum Developer
Bottom right: Sarah Conger, Peer Mentor

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