Longhorn TIES: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Longhorn TIES Initiative? 

Longhorn TIES (Transition, Inclusion, Empower, Success) initiative provides individualized support services to currently enrolled students at The University of Texas at Austin who identify as being on the autism spectrum or who have other related conditions. Longhorn TIES provides various support services such as weekly and bi-weekly coaching meetings to address academic, social and career-related goals. All of the support services offered are available on the program elements page.

Why was Longhorn TIES created?

Throughout the 2018 academic year, campus partners noted an increase in request for support services for students with complex needs such as autism. In 2019, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs recommended an initiative to increase support and awareness for individuals who identify as being on the autism spectrum. Longhorn TIES was created as a way to foster environments that endorse student success and formulate pathways connecting students with the needed resources to enrich the overall student experience.

How do UT Austin students sign up for services?

UT Austin undergraduate students may sign up for services by completing the Longhorn TIES Qualtrics form. Once the form is submitted, the Longhorn TIES program administrator will contact the student to arrange an initial visit to learn more about the services provided. At this time, Longhorn TIES services are only provided for UT Austin undergraduate students.

What happens after a UT Austin student is approved for services through Longhorn TIES?

After the initial meeting, the student and Longhorn TIES program administrator will create a plan to assist the student in addressing their individualized goals. During the student’s first semester receiving services, students are required to meet with the program administrator bi-weekly. Semesters following, the student and program administrator will identify how often they will meet based on the progress of the student’s goals. 

What is the cost to receive Longhorn TIES services?       

As this is a new initiative, there is no cost to receive Longhorn TIES support services. To be eligible for services, students must be enrolled at UT Austin and identify as being a student on the autism spectrum.

What if a student doesn’t have a diagnosis, can they still receive help?

Absolutely! Students do not have to have an official autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis to receive services. Students who identify as being on the autism spectrum or other neurodiverse students are eligible to receive services.

What is the difference between the services provided through the CARE program with Counseling and Mental Health Center and Longhorn TIES? 
CARE counselors are located within the colleges they serve. They are licensed mental health professionals and work with students who have been referred by faculty and staff. CARE counselors provide short term individual counseling sessions. CARE’s primary mission is to provide access to mental health support for students who are struggling emotionally and/or academically. 

For students who identify as being on the autism spectrum, Longhorn TIES provides long-term support services aimed at helping students develop skills and confidence in relation to self-advocacy and self-management (inside and outside the classroom) in the following ways: introducing students to UT Austin resources that may help them, assisting students with navigating new sand challenging situations, helping them prioritize academic tasks as well as providing other skill development training. Longhorn TIES does not provide mental health services to UT Austin students, but will work as a liaison to connect students to the services provided through the Counseling and Mental Health Center. 

Does the Longhorn TIES program accept walk ins?

Yes, the office hours for Longhorn TIES are Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. If a student would like to set up a meeting with the program administrator, please fill out the Longhorn TIES Qualtrics form.

Does Longhorn TIES provide tutoring services?

Longhorn TIES does not provide tutoring services. However, Sanger Learning Center offers free tutoring services to UT Austin students.

What is the difference between Longhorn TIES and Services for Students with Disabilities?

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), a department in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, determines eligibility and helps implement reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at UT Austin. They also engage in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities. More information about their office is available at diversity.utexas.edu. Longhorn TIES within New Student Services,  a department of the Division of Student Affairs, collaborates with Services for Students with Disabilities by serving as a liaison to ensure students who contact us receive well-rounded support services.

What support services are provided to UT Austin faculty, staff and student leaders?

Longhorn TIES provides educational and awareness trainings to UT Austin faculty, staff and student leaders. In addition, the Longhorn TIES program administrator can provide additional support to faculty and staff who may need assistance in working with students on the spectrum. Contact Ashley Richardson to schedule a request for an informational presentation or for autism awareness trainings. 

How can UT Austin faculty and staff refer students to Longhorn TIES?

UT Austin faculty and staff who believe a student may benefit from Longhorn TIES, can encourage the student to fill out the Longhorn TIES Qualtrics form. Faculty and staff may contact Longhorn TIES administrator directly for additional student assistance.

What are some other campus resources for students with disabilities?

Students with disabilities may find resources with Services for Students with Disabilities, Counseling and Mental Health Center, University Health Services, Student Emergency Services and Sanger Learning Center