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The Learning Academy at USF

Access limited to local school district:

  • No

Age Range:

  • 18-25

Program Length:

  • 9 months

Students attend/audit classes with students without disabilities:

  • Optional

Internships / Employment:

  • Yes

Types of disabilities are included in this program:

  • Autism Spectrum Disabilities (ASD)

Accepts special diploma, or other non-standard diploma:

  • Yes

Accommodations available:

  • Yes

Student Housing:

  • Yes

Students will be issued a college ID with access to all college events:

  • Yes

Certificate options available:

  • Certificate of program completion

Application on website

The Learning Academy at USF Tampa     
     The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
     College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
     University of South Florida
     13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 2113A
     Tampa, FL 33612
     Susan Richmond
     (813) 974-2996 or  

The Learning Academy is a 30 week job readiness program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 18-25, who have graduated from high school. Real life experiences including internships and peer mentoring complement the class work to provide generalized skills and support personalized goals. Outcomes include a clearly defined employment plan; knowledge of employment strengths, abilities, and preferences; goal setting and achievement strategies; customized techniques for enhancing employment success; career exploration and job seeking skills; and increased independence.


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