New program – Longhorn TIES Initiative


New Student Services would like to announce the official launch of the Longhorn TIES (Transition, Inclusion, Empower, Success) initiative this month. The initiative seeks to enhance the student experience for students who identify as being on the autism spectrum or who have other neuro-related conditions through advocacy, connections and training starting with the new student orientation process and continuing throughout the student’s academic career.

Ashley Richardson was hired as an autism spectrum education and outreach administrator, and is the point of contact for the program. Longhorn TIES will service as a resource and a referral network for students and staff across the UT Austin campus. Ashley will work with students and campus partners to facilitate the connection to appropriate resources, make targeted referrals and provide follow-up support services.

Web pages for the initiative are live at, and we encourage you to review these pages for resources that are available to students, faculty and staff.
Longhorn TIES Overview
Mission, Vision and Strategic Goals
Program Elements
Program Administrator

Please encourage students who are interested in learning more about this initiative or who want to sign up for services to fill out the Longhorn TIES Qualtrics form. If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Ashley Richardson at

Thank you and hook ‘em!


CELENA MONDIE-MILNER, Ph.D., Executive Director
The University of Texas at Austin | New Student Services | 512-471-3304 |