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More Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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More Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is providing more supports to help students with autism spectrum disorder apply for and succeed in postsecondary education.

Two new pilot projects at York University and Algonquin College will begin supporting high school students with autism spectrum disorder as they prepare for college or university. Students will get help building the skills they need through a variety of resources, activities and programs, such as:

  • An intensive summer program on campus and in residence to help with orientation
  • Workshops for students on how to manage time and deal with the responsibilities of student life
  • New online resources, teaching strategies and workshops to help faculty identify the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder and better prepare them for college or university

A new accessible website, created with input from students with disabilities -- transitionresourceguide.ca -- will also make it easier to research colleges and universities and the services they provide.

Giving every student the tools they need to succeed is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • York University will be working with the Toronto District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board and Algonquin College will be partnering with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
  • Colleges and universities reported more than 1,200 students with autism spectrum disorder received supports and services in 2012-13.
  • Ontario is investing $1.5 million over three years to help students with disabilities transition to postsecondary institutions.

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“We want to ensure that all our youth have access to the same opportunities. Supporting students with diverse abilities as they enter postsecondary education will help them succeed in school and in the workforce.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“It is critical to our province’s success that every student in Ontario has the opportunity and support they need to be successful beyond high school. These new resources will help even more students make a successful transition to postsecondary education.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

“We understand the unique challenges that youth with autism spectrum disorder experience when transitioning from high school to university, and we want to provide them with the right tools to get the head start they need to succeed. These new programs will provide students with the confidence and skills they will need to thrive as they move into postsecondary education.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister of Children and Youth Services

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