What Is The ASD Early Arrival Program?

Student Accessibility Resources is hosting an early arrival program for incoming UWF students identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and enrolled in classes for the Fall semester. This two-day program will provide students with the tools for success as they transition to a university setting.

Fall 2020

AAP Early Arrival Program

The best way to kick off your semester!

Update to Fall 2020 AAP Early Arrival:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Universities Return to Campus Plan, we are making adjustments to the Fall 2020 AAP Early Arrival Program.  This year's program will be virtual and will include live synchronous events for both students and parents.  The upside = you can still participate even if you will not be in the Pensacola area!

It is not too late to register!  The fee of the program has been adjusted to no longer include food costs.  Students will still receive all materials from the program including a shirt, bag, and planner.  Payment and registration must be received by Friday 8/7/20 to participate in this year's program.  Contact sar@uwf.edu for details.

The new start date for the program is 8/10/20 and will run through 8/21/20.



Fall 2020 Early Arrival applications now available!

Fall 2020 AAP Early Arrival Registration Form


To request this page or any information referenced on the page in an alternative format, please email sar@uwf.edu.

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Eligible students must be accepted to the university and enrolling for the Fall semester.

Topics will include:

  • Academic Strategies
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Career Readiness

Eligible students participating in the program will be able to move into student housing prior to the start of the program.

A 1/2 day workshop for parents will occur on the first day of the program.


Fall 2020 Updated Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 AAP Early Arrival Program will be delivered virtually.

  • 8/10/20 - Students will gain access to workshops and activities through eLearning
  • Week of 8/10/20 - 8/14/20 - live synchronous meetings for parents and students
  • Week of 8/17/20 - 8/21/20 - live synchronous meetings for parents and students
  • 8/21/20 - Students will end the program by completing the UWF Virtual Convocation
Why should I attend the ASD Early Arrival Program?

Students participating in the program will gain skills to help them succeed in the transition to university life, experience navigating the campus and have the opportunity to connect with other people with similar diagnoses.

When is the program?


The Fall 2020 ASD Early Arrival Program will be Wednesday, August 19, 2020, through Friday, August 21, 2020.

Students will be able to move into their residence halls (if eligible) the morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2020.  The optional parent workshop and student welcome will be the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19, 2020.


What will the schedule look like?

Sample Schedule*


"Day 1 Sample Schedule"
TimeDay 1 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Move into Housing & Residence Life (if living on campus)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided) & Welcome (includes parents & students)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Workshops for parents
  Teambuilding activities for students


"Day 2 Sample Schedule"
TimeDay 2Day 3
8:00 - 8:30 am

Workshop 1/Continental Breakfast (provided)

Continental Breakfast (provided)
8:30 -10:30 am Workshop 2 Workshop 6
10:30 - 11:30 am Workshop 3 Workshop 7
11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch (provided) and Break Lunch (provided) and Break
1:30 - 3:00 pm Workshop 4 Workshop 8
3:30 - 4:30 Workshop 5 Attend UWF Convocation
5:00 - 6:15 pm Dinner (provided)  

*This is a sample schedule, times and events are subject to change.

Where will the program take place?

The entire program will take place on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus in various locations. Each location for the workshop is specifically chosen to help students learn to navigate the campus.

Who can attend?
  • Students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and accepted to the university for the Fall semester can attend.
  • Students can be First Time In College (FTIC) or transfer students.
How much does the program cost?

The price for the Fall 2019 ASD Early Arrival Program was $150 per participant and included:

  • Materials
  • Registration Fee
  • Meals (continental breakfast and snacks)
  • Friends!
  • Fun!

*Assistance may be available to students who demonstrate a financial need and inability to cover the expense of the program.  Please contact our office at sar@uwf.edu for additional information.

What if I will not be living on campus?

Students not living on campus may participate in the program.  The student is responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

How do I register?
  1. Apply and be accepted to the University of West Florida
  2. Register with Student Accessibility Resources.
  3. Provide documentation to support the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  4. Complete SAR registration appointment with SAR staff.
  5. Register for the UWF Orientation if you are a first time in college student. Students participating in the ASD Early Arrival Program MUST attend an orientation session BEFORE 7/18/19. (Transfer students are highly encouraged to complete the online orientation available to transfer students.)  The Early Arrival Program DOES NOT exempt students from completing UWF campus orientation since the material covered will not be the same.
  6. Submit application and payment for ASD Early Move-In Program. 
I am a high school guidance counselor or community support person. How can I promote this event to my students or refer a student?

Contact our office to speak with one of our staff regarding additional information 850-474-2387.


Additional Questions?

Contact Student Accessibility Resources at sar@uwf.edu or (850) 474-2387 with any additional questions.