ASD Prep Program

START STRONG!
A College Preparation Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Program Overview

Red River College and Student Accessibility Services understands that beginning a college program can be an exciting and also challenging time, in a new environment with many fresh experiences waiting around the corner. To encourage a strong start, we are offering a free preparatory program for incoming students identifying with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We call this program START STRONG!

This program will be run in a group online learning environment, and will include role playing, interactive discussions and PowerPoint slides.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 17 years and older
  • Self-identify as being on the Autism Spectrum
  • Self-motivated
  • A current student of Red River College or an incoming student preparing for entrance in the 2021-2022 academic year.

For more info about the ASD START STRONG program see this video of our Evening Information Session. This year, due to the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the sessions will be held online using an interactive platform.

Below is a general overview of the sessions, with more details to come. The order of sessions and topics are subject to change.

SESSION 1 – Tuesday, August 3 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm):

  • Introductions
  • The Difference between post-secondary and high school
  • Balancing Responsibilities: Time Management and Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Financial Planning

SESSION 2 -Thursday, August 5 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm):

  • Knowing yourself: accommodations and support
  • Disclosure and Self-Advocacy
  • Managing Conflict

SESSION 3 – Tuesday, August 10 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm):

  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness
  • Anxiety

SESSION 4 – Thursday, August 12 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm):

  • Independent Living
  • Time Management

SESSION 5 – Tuesday, August 17 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm):

  • Succeeding Socially

SESSION 6 – Thursday, August 19 (6:00 pm-8:00 pm):

  • Wrap up party
  • Review/evaluation of program with participants

To register or make inquiries, please contact Jennifer Gaulin at jgaulin@rrc.ca or 204-949-8375.