The Hench Autism Studies Program Summer Program is a day camp located at Defiance College for teens/young adults with ASD (grade 8 – age 22).
The Hench Autism Studies Program Summer Program addresses the unique social needs of our participants by:
Providing a structured, high-interest environment use peer mentors and licensed teachers to model basic social skills and friendship-building techniques.
Encouraging awareness of others and commonalities among group members as a way to build friendships.
Fostering a safe, bully-free environment where participants feel comfortable to be themselves and learn new skills
Due to the public nature of camp activities and location on The Defiance College Campus and surrounding area, it is imperative that behavior issues and strong anti-social behaviors be at a minimum. Participants are provided with a safe, bully-free environment where they feel comfortable to be themselves and form new friendships.
Included in the HASP Summer Program curriculum are daily activities such as Fine Art, Film Creation, Recreational Leisure, and Photography- culminating with the annual Art Show and Sale where participants host and greet guests from the campus and the local community.
The Hench Summer Program at no cost to families. The Hench Family has recognized a need within Northwest Ohio for Autism awareness and programming. Due to their generous support, Defiance College is able to provide high-quality programming and a professional, licensed staff to ensure a positive summer experience.