Programs and Services
The Center will host several invited speakers each year to discuss their work in the field of developmental disabilities. Students, faculty, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members are welcome to attend. The lectures will focus on important issues in the field, cutting-edge research, and information to inform treatment and home-care for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Saturday College is an 8-week summer program (June – August) held on the campus of Rider University for young adults with a range of developmental disabilities. The program addresses a wide range of issues including effective communication, problem solving, and citizenship.
Special Olympics Bowling
Dr. Hope Corman has maintained a Unified Special Olympics Bowling team for many years. The Unified team includes students from Rider University who volunteer their time and talents and partner with athletes with special needs to compete in a league each fall (October – December).
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children is a student-run organization within the Department of Education. The Council organizes two major on-campus activities each academic year. In the fall semester, the Council hosts a Bingo night for individuals with developmental disabilities. In the spring semester, the Council hosts a Spring Dance for community members with developmental disabilities. The Council for Exceptional Children also provides professional development opportunities and participates in fundraising and community service opportunities.
Many students in the Department of Psychology are placed in community settings serving those with autism and developmental disabilities. These students are seniors who are completing their final capstone requirement. Placements have included sites such as The Eden Institute and the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI).
Community Service Projects
Students in Dr. Chrystina Dolyniuk’s Developmental Disabilities and Autism courses participate in many community service projects each year. Students in her courses volunteer their time with agencies such as Autism Speaks, Autism New Jersey, and Parents of Autistic Children (POAC).
Students in Dr. Michael Carlin’s Developmental Disabilities course conduct a dance each spring for the students at The Harbor School in Eatontown, NJ. The Harbor School provides educational services to students with a wide range of developmental disabilities.
Students in the Departments of Education and Psychology represent Rider University through their participation in walks to support those with autism, Down Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.