Malyse & UTC

Posted on November 8th, 2011 in Be The Difference

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Recently, I had the opportunity to become aware of a great program right here in Chattanooga. It is about education for youth – specifically university students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC).

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga home page

Here is an overview of what it is about:

The MoSAIC program is a comprehensive program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga designed to meet the academic and social needs of student on the Autism Spectrum (AS).   This program provides weekly social strategies class, peer mentoring sessions, social application activities, supervised study sessions, and life coaching sessions. Although students with AS Disorders are entering college at a much higher rate than ever before, programs like MoSAIC exist in only a handful of colleges in the nation. Without the adequate levels of social and academic support by the university, these students may be able to enter college, but lack the support for college success. Of the programs like MoSAIC that exist in the country, we are the only program that does not charge tuition.

This is an awesome program that I am proud to support. My support is for efforts being made to bring awareness to this program by raising much needed funds to continue these educational opportunities.

I am donating a choice of two wedding dresses for a silent auction that is taking place this week on the UTC campus.

Frist Hall the building our office is located in.

Here is more information about it:

The Office for Students with Disabilities did receive a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to help start the program. This grant funding ends in December. Because this grant is ending, we are holding a silent auction to raise funds to sustain this program for the future. More information about the MoSAIC program and the 4th Annual Silent basket Auction, please visit

The staff in this area are doing a great job to ensure that students with Autism continue to have educational opportunities and support. Please join me by bidding on a basket to raise these much needed funds.




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