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Autism CanTech Program

Posted September 7, 2021

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Tuesday, September 7 - Tuesday, March 8
All Day

Douglas College
700 Royal Ave
New Westminster

  • Douglas College - New Westminster, BC Campus
  • 778-628-5823
  • $0


Autism CanTech! (ACT!) is a national program that combines supportive programming for participants and employers with career coaching and innovative assistive technology to help Autistic youth gain long-term employment in the digital economy. In this program, you will learn entry-level employability and technical skills through coursework, work experience, and a range of additional supports. Those who complete the program might work in many fields in the digital economy such as education, finance, government, software, or healthcare.

ACT! is a 6 month program that includes 4 months of coursework and a 2 month paid work experience. This unique program is tailored to participants’ individual needs. ACT! offers smaller classes to help you to learn practical work skills. The program has Job Developers ready to work with participants one-on-one. With the use of assistive technology, and a curriculum based on portfolio assessments, participants face as few barriers as possible.

ACT! participants will learn employability skills such as how to use communication and productivity tools, process management, and teamwork. Participants will also learn job-specific skills to succeed in the digital economy.

Application deadline: July 30, 2021
Program start date: September 7, 2021
Program end date: March 8, 2022
Tuition and fees: $0

Delivery: In Person, Douglas College –New Westminster BC Campus

Pre-Requisites and Requirements:

  • Diagnosed or self-diagnosed as Autistic
  • Between the ages of 18-30
  • Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Can legally work in Canada
  • Not currently employed, in a transitional program, in training, or enrolled in school
  • Confident using a PC and software programs (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, etc.)
  • Can stick to routines; has some flexibility; is ready to learn new skills and find a long-term employment
  • Passionate about technology, computers, gaming, hardware and software
  • Independent, functional communication is required to participate in the program. This may take the form of verbal communication or communication with an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) or something comparable
  • Not eligible for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Funding/Programming (Alberta only) Note: Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis

Participants can be on STADD or other government supports while in the program, however, you should discuss any impacts a paid work experience and employment may have with your case worker. Please contact our team for further information and discussions.

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