Advancing Abilities of Wisconsin

Therapeutic Practices that Promote Meaningful Lives

Working with Children, Adolescents & Adults

Campuses Served:

  • University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee (UWM)
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
  • Concordia University of Wisconsin
  • Alverno College
  • Mount Mary
  • For any other colleges not listed here, please contact us to discuss.

College Advantage Program (CAP)

Turn College Stress

Into College Success!

Don't let those college dollars go to waste! Support student success with Advancing Abilities of Wisconsin's College Advantage Program!

The College Advantage Program (CAP) is tailored to meet the unique interests and abilities of the students on the autism spectrum or those experiencing   challenges with the adjustment to life on the college or university campus.

Prior to beginning the program, students participate in an initial assessment to identify strengths and challenges as a basis for planning topics for the weekly seminar sessions. Each participant in the CAP receives support each week during the semester in the Right-Fit approach.

CAP students attend a weekly seminar on topics individualized their needs and challenges. Faculty and staff lead the seminar sessions that include real-life strategies and problem solving techniques to support success at the university and to develop their weekly plan. Peer navigators, who are college and university students who have been trained to support their peers with challenges, attend the weekly seminars and are paired with CAP participants.

Participants receive additional hours of tailored support each week in the form of dynamic on-campus activities with peer mentors. The peers introduce participants to available campus resources related to the needs of the students on the spectrum and engage in academic and social opportunities that are meaningful to the participant.

Think of how happy you will be when the program ends in a CAP & GOWN!

Supervising the program is Ms. Rhonda J. Greenhaw, MA, BCBA, a college professor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and former director of the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University, Ms. Greenhaw developed award-winning, highly effective programs for college students that will help to ensure your student's success.  Ms. Greenhaw supports the peer mentors in their critical roles. In addition to an initial orientation session, each peer mentor receives on-going training and oversight by Masters-level staff members to support the quality of their interactions with program participants.