Mansfield Hall, a college assistance and residential program for students with learning disabilities, mild autism, and other conditions, will open its doors for the first time in June 2013. Mansfield Hall provides individualized training and skills development to help students not only flourish academically at the many nearby colleges in Burlington, Vermont, but also to adapt and thrive socially, emotionally, vocationally, and ultimately, independently.
“We are tremendously excited to welcome our first residents to Mansfield Hall this June. The core of our mission is to help students with disabilities to successfully earn a college degree, so naturally we thought we would open the doors for the first time in August; but the initial response to our program and approach was so enthusiastic and immediate that we have decided to offer a summer program to a limited group. The deadline for priority applications is March 15, 2013,” said Dr. Perry LaRoque, President and Founder of Mansfield Hall. “The Hall will serve as the residence and program center for roughly 20 college students during the school year. It’s centrally located in downtown Burlington, so our students have easy access to many local campuses, including the University of Vermont, Champlain College, Chittenden County Community College, St. Michaels, and Burlington College,” he added.
In addition to Dr. LaRoque, the Mansfield Hall staff includes Executive Director Grant Leibersberger, MEd, MBA, as well as a residential director, a consulting psychologist, and educational director. The program is evidence-based and fosters students to become fully engaged in all aspects of their intellectual, artistic, physical and social lives in the context of a small, safe and supportive community. Mansfield Hall employs a holistic approach to help students reach their true potential and realize their ultimate goals through four guiding principles: Learning, Living, Giving, Engaging.
Applications for the remaining spots in the summer program, as well as the full academic year, are now being accepted. Students and families are encouraged to visit mansfieldhall.org to learn more about this innovative post-secondary program for young adults who have the academic potential to be successful in college, but need additional individualized supports to realize their possibilities.
About Mansfield Hall:
Mansfield Hall is a comprehensive college support program and residence for young adults who will benefit from a holistic approach to higher education and independent living. Our mission is to assist students with various disabilities to successfully earn a college degree, develop living skills, and begin a productive career and independent lifestyle. Visit www.mansfieldhall.org or call (802) 870-0862.