Participant Information

 

Welcome to the Autism CanTech! Program, a national federally-funded program for Autistic youth between the ages of 18-30, where participants will develop the skills and strategies that they need to work effectively within the digital economy. 

With four months of coursework, two months paid work experience, and access to a range of additional supports, Autistic youth develop the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Participants work in small class environments to develop employability skills such as communication and teamwork, as well as technical skills such as data processing, data management, and software literacy. Participants who complete the program might work in many fields in the digital economy such as education, finance, government, software, or healthcare. 

 


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Supports


Throughout the program participants will work with a  Career Coach to prepare for their work experience placement and employment, including working together to identify participant strengths and interests; to prepare resumes and cover letters; to practice interviewing to develop comfort and confidence in the process; and, to provide support throughout the work placement, answer any questions, and support participant success in the workplace.  

Participants will also use a break-through application known as RoboCoach a unique and scalable assistive technology that addresses specific employment barriers for individuals with Autism. It has the ability to integrate into workflow management, and offers connection with all main stakeholders including employers, Autistic workers, their parent or guardian supports, and their Career Coach. Key features of RoboCoach include: Task management, wellbeing check-ins, communications panel, and Wiki functionality.  

 

By the end of the program, participants will be able to successfully enter the workforce with confidence.  Autism CanTech! program participants will learn: 

  • employability skills such as how to use communication and productivity tools, process management, and teamwork; 

  • career development skills such as resume writing, job searching, and interviewing; and, 

  • job-specific skills such as data processing, data management, and software literacy. 


NorQuest College, Alberta & Sask

Next Program start date:  November 2021
Program start date: Nov 29, 2021 
Program end date:  June 30, 2022 
Tuition and fees: $0 (grant funded) 
Delivery:  Virtual
Location: Alberta and Saskatchewan-wide 
Application deadline: November 15, 2021 

Upcoming Dates:
Virtual (Alberta Wide): January 2022
In-Person (Edmonton Campus): March 2022
 

Douglas College, New Westminster Campus, British Columbia 

Next Program start date: March 2022
Program start date: March 28, 2022
Program end date: September 30, 2022  
Tuition and fees: $0 (grant funded) 
Delivery: HyFlex Delivery (In- person OR Virtual), 
Location: Douglas College –New Westminster BC Campus  
Application deadline February 15, 2022

Apply early to avoid dissapointment.