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Navigators to Success Program

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Navigators to Success program at Eastern Florida State College is uniquely designed to fit the needs of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their transition to college life. Eighty percent of students with ASD have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (with 3.7 being the average), yet research suggests that only 39% of college students with ASD graduate. Students with ASD have so much potential, but often find it difficult to navigate the college atmosphere.

Summer 2024 Navigators to Success Program

This is a transition program that began July 8, 2024 to support new, incoming, dual-enrolled, and first-time college students on the Autism Spectrum. The free program takes place over four weeks during the summer and focuses on specific areas such as social excellence, adaptation and regulation, time management and goal setting, career planning, and classroom and campus exploration. Pre-registration was required and has closed for Summer 2024.

Students will engage in a variety of activities, including workshops, guest speakers, practical application of presented topics, and weekly gaming tournaments — plus explore college orientation materials, participate in social exercises and skills training, as well as academic pathway exploration and more. Through this program, students will not only learn but also have fun and build a sense of community as they get ready to start College classes.

Sample Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays: Workshop and Presentation
  • Tuesdays: Skills practice
  • Wednesdays: EFSC Guest Speaker and a fun activity
  • Thursdays: Gaming tournament, snacks, and one-on-one coaching

Topics Covered:

  • Social Excellence: Explore student life and campus community engagement.
  • Adaptation & Regulation: Gain skills for support-seeking and coping in college.
  • Time Management & Goal Setting: Learn strategies for successful college planning and structure.
  • Career Planning: Discover and expand on career interests through academic pathway exploration.
  • Classroom & Campus Exploration: Navigate the waves of EFSC with expert guidance.

For questions about the program, contact Lisa Casillas at or 321-433-5939.

This program was developed based on the University of Florida doctoral dissertation of Dr. Barbara Kennedy, EFSC's Dean of Students, who still supervises Navigators to Success.