Texas Tech University

CASE - Connections for Academic Success and Employment

The CASE program assists students with Autism and other developmental disabilities to navigate college and empower them to reach their postsecondary academic goals and to find competitive employment after graduation.

Many students with Autism have no problem meeting the academic standards for acceptance into college; however, once they arrive on campus they may have extreme difficulty in balancing the academic and social complexities that are fundamental to college life. In some cases this challenge is due to a lack of the self-management and self-advocacy skills needed to independently organize and manage life away from home. This is compounded by the normal stressors of transitioning from high school to college and not always knowing who, how, and when to ask for help.

The CASE program offers an innovative college support program for students, diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities pursuing an academic degree at Texas Tech University or South Plains College in West Texas. With the support of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, the CASE program provides research-based, customized supports for students to facilitate their successful transition to college and the entrance into competitive employment after graduation.

Faculty and staff of the CASE program use the Wraparound Planning Process and the Birkman Method Assessment to build an individualized support network, which pairs each student with a Learning Specialist who provides mentoring and navigational support. This relationship empowers students to problem solve their concerns more effectively and efficiently with professional support.

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Services and Benefits of CASE

Each student in CASE works with a Learning Specialist who assists and guides the student through his or her academic career. Learning Specialists create personalized plans to identify each student's needs and build skills for independent living, social connections, and employment.

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The CASE program is for college students with autism or other developmental disabilities who have been accepted to Texas Tech University or South Plains College. Our faculty and staff review every application individually, and will contact students with completed applications for a personal interview.

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Contact Information

Deann Lechtenberger

DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D. 
CASE Director
deann.lechtenberger@ttu.edu

Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409
806-834-7804