What are people saying about the Belin-Blank Center’s new Academy for Twice-Exceptionality?
“The individual weekly meeting helped me get through college with ideas and suggestions for what I can do better or improve on for exams, projects, and life in college overall.”-Academy for Twice-Exceptionality Student
In Spring 2021, the staff at the Belin-Blank Center began working on a pilot for an Academy for Twice-Exceptionality. Our expertise in twice-exceptionality and experience with university programs (specifically the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy), made us the perfect fit for starting such a program. We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort!
Academy students must be high school graduates and ideally entering Iowa as first-year or transfer students. (We will consider students who fit other academic standings.) Currently, students who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or identify as Autistic are the target population. In the future, we hope to be able to expand into other areas of twice-exceptionality. Students must also be registered with the University of Iowa Student Disability Services (SDS).
The Academy for Twice-Exceptionality offers a variety of services for its students:
- a weekly seminar for the entire cohort
- weekly one-on-one meetings to work on individual needs and goals
- assistance with connecting to university-based supports and resources
- helping students better understand their struggles and then leverage their unique strengths
- consistent communication with parents/guardians.
Start the journey to see if the Academy for Twice-Exceptionality is the right fit for you or your student by visiting our website. We are confident we will be!