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Chapel Haven West

Chapel Haven West
Chapel Haven West
1701 N. Park Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
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Program Contact Catherine S. DeCarlo
Phone 877.824.9378

Chapel Haven West opened in 2008 in Tucson, AZ and provides residential transition and lifelong supports for adults 18+ with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related social disabilities. The program is a satellite of Chapel Haven, Inc. in CT, founded in 1972 by parents and dedicated to providing lifelong supports for adults with cognitive and social disabilities. Chapel Haven's other two programs are based in CT. Chapel Haven West is a 24-month transition program that focuses on four key areas: independent living, self-determination, college/vocational and social communication skills. Students live in an apartment complex within walking distance, a few blocks, to the Univ. of AZ. They learn apartment management skills along with cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping and doing laundry. The close proximity to the U of AZ provides benefits to CHW students, including classes, involvement in the university's state-of-the-art SALT Center and job shadowing opportunities.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 22
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18 and older
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • high functioning autism
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $67,500.00
Room and board: $26,000.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Chapel Haven West students take a college-credit earning class in social communication at the University of Arizona. Our speech-language pathologists oversee the course with clinicians from the university's speech language and science program. Our students take the class four times over the course of our two-year residential program. They learn not only about social communicative competency but also how to navigate a college campus. They enjoy status as university students, are able to access UA's incredible college amenities (recreation center, theater, athletics). Chapel Haven West also provides an extensive college support program as our students branch into other college-level pursuits, at UA and at Pima Community College. Our instruction in executive function, time management, juggling the demands of a college setting and learning about the "hidden etiquette" of social life on a college campus - and our close proximity to the UA - makes our program a unique college experience with the safety net of a comprehensive program. Chapel Haven West also provides support to students already matriculated into local colleges who need help in tailored areas such as college studies, socialization and life skills.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Chapel Haven West offers a comprehensive program focused on functional academics, social communication and life skills curriculum, vocational and college readiness.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: certificate and UA college credits
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 85%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 85%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Chapel Haven West is a self-contained campus about five blocks from the University of Arizona. Our residential students live in mostly two-bedroom apartments, where they have their own bedroom but share the common space with a roommate. They learn through our life skills curriculum to manage the apartment, cook, clean, manage laundry and get along with a roommate - all key skills for social competence. We offer a vibrant weekend social recreation calendar, with chaperoned trips that include canyon hikes, dining, movies, Pima Air and Space Museum, rodeos, campus-based activities, and fraternity and sorority activities with students from the University of Arizona. Our Wellness Director helps students with exercise and healthy eating. Our location in a vibrant college town makes our program appealing to young adults seeking the fun and culture of an active college setting.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 08:57