SEARCH offers Faculty Office Hours

Over the last three years, the UCR SEARCH Center has been gathering information from the UCR campus community on perspectives and overall knowledge about autism. Based on interactions with stakeholders and campus respondents, we have learned that faculty and staff want more individualized support to educate and accommodate university students with autism. In response, we offer Autism 101 Faculty Office Hours.

During Office Hours*, Drs. Jan Blacher, Katherine Stavropoulos, and staff will be available to have confidential conversations with any faculty, teaching assistants, or staff who interact with students with autism in a teaching or advisory role on campus. Located in Sproul Hall (Room 1365), our doors will be open to address questions or offer advice about specific situations, for example:

  • I have a student in my classroom whom I suspect has autism. Should I approach this person?
  • A student with autism in my class is asking for additional accommodations. What can I do to help? What services does the student disability center provide?  
  • My students have complained about being distracted by a particular student’s behavior. For example, the student frequently speaks out of turn and stands up in the middle of lecture. What strategies can I use to manage these disruptive behaviors?  

You may make an appointment or just drop-in. Check for current drop-in hours. If preferred, we will also be available by phone (951-827-3849) or email  ( during these times.