Disability Resource Center

Compass Support Services


Applications for compass support services will be available via this website starting June 15, 2023.


"Find your direction" 

Compass Support Services provides services for DRC students who have a documented disability that lies on the Autism Spectrum. Students can choose to focus on building a variety of skills based on their own individual, academic and personal goals. It is a voluntary program that can help students to find their way at New Paltz.        

Compass Goals: 

  1. To provide a comprehensive system of support for students who are transitioning to SUNY New Paltz by promoting academic, social and personal growth.
  2. To allow students to explore their academic, social and personal strengths and challenges by reflecting on past experiences in a supportive environment.
  3. To facilitate the students’ development of effective strategies pertaining to prioritizing, setting realistic goals, and creating plans to achieve those goals.
  4. To improve the academic success and retention of students on the Autism Spectrum at SUNY New Paltz.


As part of compass support services, students can register for the following credit bearing courses:

Transition to College

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help students learn and develop the skill set to navigate and succeed in college level courses. Emphasis on social and academic skill building including study skills, note-taking, group presentations, public speaking, setting goals and breaking down assignments.

Transition to Employment

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help students learn and develop the skill set to start preparing for the transition to employment. Emphasis on skill building including interviewing and networking as well as, resume/cover letter creation. Students will do self- assessment work to understand their strengths and interests and how this translates to the workplace.


For questions about Compass Support Services, please contact: drc@newpaltz.edu 

“If something is within the compass of someone, it is within their limitations or abilities” -Collins