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What We Do

Transition to Healthiness, Resourcefulness, Independence, Vocation, and Education 

THRIVE Students at Career Fair

Across the nation, hundreds of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are applying and enrolling in institutions of higher education. At the University of North Florida (UNF), we are proud to serve and support UNF students with ASD on campus. To ensure UNF students with ASD experience successful collegiate benchmarks, THRIVE was created and developed by dedicated staff within the disability resource center (DRC) and the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). 

The Transition to Healthiness, Resourcefulness, Independence, Vocation, and Education (THRIVE) program was first developed in 2012, under the direct guidance of the former DRC director, along with three UNF students. THRIVE continues to support students across all facets of UNF from freshmen to graduate students. This is to ensure that THRIVE students at UNF have the greatest opportunities for success within the collegiate environment with generalizable skills to life beyond UNF. THRIVE believes that these basic supplemental services should be provided to students at no additional cost.  Therefore, involvement in THRIVE is free for eligible participants.

Our Mission:

The THRIVE program is unique to UNF and provides supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with ASD at the UNF.  THRIVE focuses on three primary areas of need:

  • Social skills
  • Independence and responsible living skills
  • Career development skills

THRIVE aims to help students achieve competency in these skills for use both within and outside of the college setting.  THRIVE staff supports students by tailoring support to their individual needs--a student may be sufficient in one of these areas, but need help with another.  Participation in THRIVE is voluntary, and students who put in the effort will get the most out of the program.


THRIVE is not just a support group; our program is also a community for students on the spectrum to meet and interact with individuals like themselves, as well as connect with people and employers in the Jacksonville area through events and volunteer opportunities.  Learn more on our THRIVE Community page.