Texas Tech University

Project Case

Connections for Academic Success and Employment

Project CASE assists students with developmental disabilities to navigate college in order to reach their academic goals and to find competitive employment after graduation.

Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) typically have no problem meeting the academic standards for acceptance into college. Once there, students with ASD often have extreme difficulty handling the academic and social complexities that are fundamental to college life. Many times, students with disabilities lack the self-management and self-advocacy skills needed to independently organize and navigate life away from home on a college campus. Transition from high school and home to college can be very stressful and can inhibit a student's ability to know who, how, and when to ask for help.

Project CASE is a college transition program that supports students with ASD and other complex developmental disabilities to be successfully integrated into college and graduate with an academic degree or certification in a field of their choice. Project CASE is housed in the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University and is managed by faculty and staff who provide a link between the enrolled student and the college/university system.

Students walking to class

Services and Benefits of Project CASE

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

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Apply to Project CASE

Project CASE is for college students with developmental disabilities who have been accepted to Texas Tech University or South Plains College. Our staff reviews 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. 
Project Director

Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409