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Autism CanTech! Program

Program Code: COWD 110

Credential: Certificate of Accomplishment

Program Length: 6 months

Start Date: April 18, 2022

Eligibility: Autistic youth between the ages of 18-30

Delivery: HyFlex Delivery (In-person OR Virtual)

Tuition and fees: $0 (grant funded)

Program Contact

William Linton - Project Coordinator
Skilled Trades Programs
William.linton@humber.ca
416-795-5561

Overview

The Autism CanTech! Program is 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. This is achieved through a four-month preparatory course, two months of paid work experience, and access to a range of additional support.

Participants work in a small class environment to develop job-specific skills such as data processing, data management, software literacy, communication , and teamwork. In addition, attention is given to career exploration and job search skills.

Additional Supports

Throughout the program, participants will work closely with a  Career Coach to prepare for their work experience placement and to obtain further employment. Participants will also use a breakthrough application known as RoboCoach, a unique and scalable assistive technology that addresses specific employment challenges sometimes faced by people with autism while in the workplace.

Employability Skills

Participants in the Autism CanTech! program will come away with the following employability skills:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
  • Business communication skills
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Digital productivity
  • Professionalism
  • Introductory project management
  • Work-life balance
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Continuous learning and professional development

Technical Skills - Data Processing

Participants in the Autism CanTech! Program will learn various technical skills:

  • Business computing skills: Participants are introduced to Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, and will develop keyboarding, email, and digital communication skills.
  • The path of data: Participants will learn that data typically flows through phases such as acquisition, transport, storage, processing, analytics, and application.
  • Data entry: Participants will learn how to acquire, enter, validate, and store data. They will be able to verify and prepare source data for further analysis, label and organize data, import and export data between different kinds of software, record keep data and understand what metadata is.
  • Data processing skills: Participants will learn how to wrangle data using Power Query in Microsoft Excel and Power BI. They will also learn to perform similar tasks using Structured Query Language (SQL).

Participant Testimonial - Tanner

Autism CanTech! Program

Meet Tanner, one of the participants from the first ACT! Co-hort.

Work Placement

The Autism CanTech! program includes a paid work experience that will take place over 2 months (typically 5 hours/day) for a total of 200 hours. This component of the program is a key part of the overall learning experience. The work experience gives participants the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom to gain an entry-level position with an employer-partner, while also learning about their own skills and the type of work they might want to do in the future.

During their work experience, participants will develop their skills, experience a professional work setting, and build their confidence. This experience will also build their network, add experience to their resume, and can lead to a good reference.

Admission Requirements

  • Diagnosed or self-diagnosed as a person with autism.
  • Between the ages of 18-30.
  • Citizen, permanent resident, or refugee in Canada.
  • Can legally work in Canada.
  • Not employed, in a transitional program, in training, or enrolled in school at the start of the program or for the duration of the program.
  • Confident using a PC and software programs (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, etc.).
  • Can stick to routines; is ready to learn new skills and motivated to find long-term employment in the digital economy.
  • 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.
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Is ready and able to work for the duration of the work experience (2 months).

Fees & Financial Aid

$0 (grant funded)

Apply Now for the Autism CanTech! Program

Please use the link below to begin your application for the Autism CanTech! Program at Humber College.

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