The Ram Shop
One-Stop Teaching/Working Model is the Only One of Its Kind in the U.S. for College-Degree Seeking Students with Autism
WCU Ram Shop Selling everything from grab-n’-go items to toothpaste, a one-of-a-kind convenience store is now open in West Chester on South High Street. West Chester University’s Ram Shop includes the staffing of degree-seeking WCU students who have autism.
Location & Hours
20 Linden St, West Chester, PA 19382
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6:30pm
Creating a Positive Work Environment
The new store is the students’ training ground to learn critical job skills that can be applied directly to any empowering work setting, and is the only teaching-model of its kind in the U.S. for college-degree seeking students who are on the autism spectrum. The Ram Shop is the direct result of a partnership between the University’s Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP) and Student Services, Inc. (SSI).
The mission of D-CAP is to build an inclusive and accepting campus community to better support the experience and success of our degree-seeking students with ASD through indirect and direct supports.
Katie Lickfield is a recent graduate of West Chester University. She has been a volunteer at the Ram Shop since the year it opened (2019). She is a very talented artist and she currently sells notecards of her oil/acrylic paintings at the store. During her time at the Ram Shop, she helped out at the cashier, organize shelves, and sorted out drinks for the refrigerators. She will miss the Ram Shop so much but plans to come back and visit with the staff. Katie hopes you enjoy the experience.
The Ram Shop & D-CAP
The one-of-a-kind teaching/working model is comprised of two floors that have dedicated outcomes. The store’s second level functions as a day-to-day student support program (named D-CAP) where students work intently on living-learning goals, study, perform group activities, and have sensory-free areas. The first level, now officially named the Ram Shop, functions as a hands-on training ground for the students to practice and master the social/professional skills needed to work effectively.learn more ABOUT D-CAP
The Ram Shop carries:
SELF CARE ITEMS
Drinks & much more!
Ram Shop Mural
The Design for Social Good class taught by Scotty Reifsnyder, Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design, designed murals for two sites on the campus. Five teams were identified as candidates, with Kayla and Taylors design being picked by d-cap students for the Ram Shop.
The Ram Shop - A first of it's kind!
A campus store that employs, trains and supports students with autism. It is the only campus convenience store in the US that provides students with autism an avenue to be in a real working environment
A word from the WCU President
"We believe that if a student is accepted to West Chester University, it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to help that student succeed. The Ram Shop is just one example of how our access mission is being implemented. This University is truly committed to helping students achieve success and cross the finish line. Student Services, Inc. shares this goal, and we are deeply grateful that they have, once again, jumped in eagerly to provide the resources that our students need.”
- West Chester University President Chris Fiorentino
Take a look at the press the Ram Shop received!