Project Life Experience

The summer of 2016 we hosted at UMSL (June 8-10) and SEMO (June 16 & 17). Summer 2017 Dates TBA-please contact us for more information!

The Tailor Institute provides an opportunity for young adults on the autism spectrum to experience many main pieces of independent living through a tailored and intensive multi-day program. Project Life Experience includes a tour of UMSL and the college experience, private sessions with experts in business and job skills training, and tours of typical city services catering to independent living such as transit, housing searches, community relationships, business and employment innovation centers, healthcare, and others. Project Life Experience participants also take part in a comprehensive of several Tailor Institute programs. The pilot of Project Life Experience took place in June of 2011. Applications will be available in January 2017 for Summer 2017!  Space is limited at both camps.

Basic requirements for applications to be accepted for review include:
Applicants must be incoming Juniors or Seniors for the Fall 2017 school session.
Applicants must have a confirmed and documented diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
All participants in Project Life Experience, also referred to as “TTI Scholars” who are accepted into Project Life Experience will receive an assessment to identify prospective opportunities and studies to be addressed and “tailored” to each participant for a truly individualized experience. In addition, Scholars will visit academic support programs such as Student Support Services (SSS) and Disability Support Services-Learning Assistance Program (DSS-LAP) to learn about self-advocacy and academic accommodations.

Scholars will participate in Tailor Social Group sessions on a daily basis, will volunteer in a team project, visit the University setting, experience independent living training, TTI Scholars will live in dormitories at UMSL and SEMO, and as always with the Tailor Institute, fun activities will be part of the week’s curriculum. For more information, or to participate in practices and therapies at the Tailor Institute please contact us at (573) 339-9552 or email Darin Stageberg at