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University of Montana
634 Eddy
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
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Program Contact Jennifer Closson
Phone (406) 243-2405

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism/All Inclusion on Campus) is a support program that offers 3 levels of support that is above and beyond the reasonable accommodations offered through disability services:  1. Peer mentoring to support students in navigating the college experience  2. Direct speech/language therapy to support language, executive functioning, social skills, etc.  3. Social events

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
Number of students: 9
School district or agency partner: DeWit RiteCare Speech Language and Hearing Clinic
Contact person: Jennifer Schoffer Closson
Deadline to apply to this program: n/a
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Students are first accepted to the University of Montana or Missoula College. Each student is admitted case by case. The MOSSIAC team must determine if they can meet participants current needs with our supports. We are happy to serve people with intellectual and physical disabilities and people developing skills to support employment.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other developmental and acquired disabilities.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: Participants that receive direct speech-language services pay $130 per session. Insurance can be billed or students receive scholarships. Students usually require 2 sessions per week for optimal support.
Additional costs: $20.00

Students pay $20 per semester to participate in the support services.

Students receiving direct speech language therapy services may have their insurance billed.  If insurance is not available, scholarships are available.

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)
  • Scholarships
  • MOSSAIC is a supplemental program that offers support through direct speech therapy services and peer mentorship. Insurance can be billed for speech therapy services. Adults and transitioning students on and off campus may access this service.
Scholarships available:

If students choose direct speech therapy services, they will have their insurance billed.  If insurance does not cover this, scholarships are available.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • While our support program does not offer housing, students recieving supports through MOSSAIC are eligible for campus housing the same as any other student.

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students participate in 3 social activities a semester.

Students have at least 1 hour weekly with a peer mentor. This time is usually more social in nature.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:09