The OASIS Program

Join us for special event with Temple Grandin!

Join Pace University’s Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) Program and Strokes of Genius for an inspiring lecture on how to train the talent in artistic individuals with autism. Guest lecturer Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will deliver the keynote address. Rosa C. Martinez, PhD, BCBA-D, president and founder of Strokes of Genius, will also discuss how to help autistic artists realize their talents.

Artwork (on public display from April 14-20) individuals with autism will be on display* and available for purchase. A special art auction and VIP reception with Grandin and the artists will help fund the OASIS and Strokes of Genius programs. All proceeds from the auction will go to Strokes of Genius and OASIS Program for students on the autistic spectrum.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -  Art auction and VIP reception at 6 pm - Temple Grandin lecture: 7:30 pm

Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts  - 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038

MassMutual Financial Group of Westchester is a proud Gold Sponsor of this event.
Strokes of Genius develops artistic talents through professional art studio experiences and workshops to “Train the Talent℠”. Directed by Mary Riggs Cohen, PhD, The Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) Program at Pace University provides a comprehensive college support program for students with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning differences, and related challenges.


A true college experience is more than just the completion of coursework. It is a time for students to grow, make friends and develop skills to succeed - not just in the workplace, but in life. For students with learning differences, the OASIS program at Pace University is designed to do just that.

The Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) Program at Pace University provides a comprehensive college support program for students with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning differences and related challenges. Located on Pace's New York City campus, OASIS is a small, inclusive program to empower academically capable students to succeed in college. Students are matriculated into the bachelor's degree program of their choosing, attend classes and engage in all facets of campus life with other Pace students. Most OASIS students reside in dormitories.
The OASIS Program is grounded in research that recognizes that all-inclusive services are needed to prepare students for community integration, career development, employment and adult life. The program has been designed to support students, family and faculty. The OASIS team consists of academic coaches, a vocational coordinator, academic advisors, a counselor, campus life coordinator, social coaches as well as weekly meetings, trips and activities, academic supports in the form of tutoring and other classroom learning accommodations. Most of all, students learn among their peers in an academically rigorous setting. While accommodations in courses are provided, the work is not modified and remains at the college level.
The OASIS Program is currently housed on Pace's New York City campus and is best utilized by students on our New York City campus. Applications for the Fall semester are due by May 15.

For more information about the OASIS Program and the application process, please read our FAQ

To apply, please contact OASIS Program Director Mary Cohen, PhD, via email or (212) 346-1891.


Program Staff
Program Director Mary Riggs Cohen, PhD 

Educational Director Janet Mulvey, PhD

Campus Life Coordinator Daniel Molina

Program Administrator & Coordinator Julie Saccoccio

Academic Coaches Vibha Solanki & Ryan Wecker

Facilitator for Social Communication Patricia Peifer-Arens

Counselors Sherry Levine & Susan Hantler

Vocational Coordinator Evan Oppenheimer


Contact Us

OASIS Program
Pace University School of Education
163 William Street, 16th Floor
(212) 346-1891