The York Catholic District School Board recognizes the month of October as Autism Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness and promote understanding and inclusion for people living with autism.
The YCDSB offers a wide range of special education programming for students, ages 4-21 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students are generally enrolled in their home school on a regular classroom register, with age-appropriate peers. Programs are focused to provide specialized instruction relating to their environment and acquiring the full range of academic skills. The individualized program includes strategies to support academics at the appropriate level, communication, sensory-motor integration, social awareness, self-regulation, and transition planning. Implementation of the uniquely designed program is a collaboration between the classroom teacher and the special education teacher with additional supports, as required.
As a result of Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding, YCDSB is offering After School Social Skills development program for students with ASD. The program is offered at different elementary and secondary schools throughout the region and supports students of different ages and abilities. YCDSB continues to provide a number of face-to-face and online training sessions for teachers, support staff, and parents.
For more information about YCDSB Autism supports and resources, please contact our Student Services/Special Education Department at 905-713-1211 or 416-221-5051.