The Hench Autism Studies Program

The Hench Autism Studies Program believes that people with autism spectrum disorders are as unique, individual, and fully human as anyone else, and that living and working with people on the spectrum is about more than just learning a new vocabulary or having a diagnostic label to explain a person. Bringing together expertise and services in an innovative way, the Hench Autism Studies Program offers:

The ASD Affinity Program for college students with ASD
Partnership with Defiance schools
- An on-campus public school classroom for adolescents with ASD
- A summer camp for teens with ASD
- Specialized undergraduate peer mentor training and relationships
An undergraduate minor in autism studies
Professional development opportunities for educators, social workers, law enforcement, and medical personnel
- A resource center in the Pilgrim Library for students, professionals, community members, and families 
Parent support meetings 

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Hench Autism Studies Program

Defiance College Admissions

Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Development

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