The Blog

The Graduate Student Perspective: A Summer Internship Experience Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Following the completion of my first year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program at The University of Vermont, I began a summer internship with Mansfield Hall, an academic and residential support program for students with a variety of learning needs, including high-functioning autism, executive function challenges, and various learning disabilities. Students… Read more »

In Defense of The Much-Maligned Helicopter Parent – And What Comes Next

The term “Helicopter Parent” was coined in the late 1960’s by Dr. Haim Ginott, who quoted a student describing his mother, who “hovers over me like a helicopter…”  Although in light use through the late 1990’s, the term’s usage gained momentum in the early 2000’s as a new generation of technology-connected young adults, raised in… Read more »

College and Asperger’s Syndrome: Stress and Learning

Stressed? If you answer “no” to that simple question, you are in the tiny minority of people who are not afflicted by the great epidemic of our time.  All of us feel the weight of responsibilities, the unsettledness of modern life.  At Mansfield Hall, we see it writ large in the everyday lives of our… Read more »

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: The Services Cliff

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: High School, The Services Cliff, The Buffet Approach, And How To Find the Help You Need In College In November of 1975 then President Gerald Ford signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which dictates that all public schools (K-12) provide all students “a… Read more »

CIP Worldwide and College Living Experience (CLE): How do we differ?

We often get asked how we differ from our friends at CIP Worldwide (College Internship Program) and CLE (College Living Experience). Although we all serve the mission of providing college opportunities, our college support programs differ in some key ways. A requirement for Mansfield Hall students is that they are interested in pursuing a college… Read more »

College Support Program: Getting Ready for the Fall at Mansfield Hall

Walking home from dinner last week, after enjoying a beautiful evening on Church St., in downtown Burlington, I overheard someone say that it was the first night that the sun went down before 8pm, and yesterday I saw my first yellow leaf of the season.  No doubt about it: summer is slowly coming to a… Read more »

Accommodations and Modifications in College: Accommodating College

One of the most common inquiries we receive is related to the availability of accommodations in the post-secondary environment. Accommodations are supports and services provided on college campuses to provide qualified students with disabilities equal access and the opportunity to benefit from classes, activities and programs. Academic accommodations must be authorized by what is generally… Read more »

The Changing Collegiate Landscape for Students with Disabilities: The Need for College Support Programs

 Early in the history of American schooling, high school was reserved for the brightest students, those who would become our doctors, lawyers, and engineers. As high school became the norm for all students, college began to play the role of differentiating the future “collars” of our children.  Slowly though, as more and more children began to… Read more »