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The aim of the Autism Programs and Services department is to support the education of students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn more below about the programs and services we offer to students with ASD, and their families.



​​The Autism Support Team?


The Autism Support Team is a team of board staff who work together to support students with an ASD at school. The team provides support to students with ASD from kindergarten through to grade 12 and up to age 21 who attend a variety of programs (e.g. regular class with support, special education programs).

The goal of the Autism Support Team is to provide supports, services, and programs to allow students with ASD to be successful in school, and beyond. The Autism Support Team is centrally coordinated by the Autism Programs and Services department.


​​Who is eligible for assistance from the Autism Support Team?


Students must have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to receive assistance from the Autism Support Team. For more information, contact the Autism Programs and Services department at 416-222-8282 ext. 2799.

Learn more about eligibility and the support services available for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


​​Who makes up the Autism Support Team?


The Autism Services Team is multi-disciplinary, and includes:
  • Autism Support Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Educational Assistants
  • Contracted Behaviour and Occupational Therapy services

TCDSB also collaborates with community agencies, allowing joint efforts to ensure the best possible service for students with ASD.


​​What services are provided?


With parental consent, the following services may be provided for students with ASD:
  • direct instruction on an individual basis
  • consultation and program support for teachers and other school staff (e.g. develop strategies for behaviour and communication, accommodations and modifications to the curriculum)
  • assessment of skills and functional behaviour analysis
  • assistance with program modification and IEP development
  • support when transitioning from an Autism Intervention Program to school (Connections for Students)
  • support when transitioning from elementary to secondary school and into post-secondary pathways
  • PAST (Program to Assist Social Thinking) for selected students with Asperger’s Syndrome/high-functioning autism (learn more about admission, locations and strategies in the PAST Program Brochure.)
  • inservices, workshops, courses for staff working with students with ASD


​​How does a student get access to the Autism Support Team?


Requests for assistance from the Autism Support Team are made by the school, through a written referral process. Referrals should be discussed with the Autism Team member prior to initiating the referral. Referrals should be forwarded to the Autism Programs and Services Department at the CEC.


​​Contact Information


For further information, contact the Autism Programs and Services department: 416 222-8282 ext. 2799.

The above information is available in the Autism Programs and Services Department brochure.


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