ASD Prep Program

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

Program Overview

Red River College Polytechnic 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 format and will take place both in person and online. The sessions will include interactive discussions, role-play 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 Polytechnic or an incoming student preparing for entrance in the 2022-2023 academic year.

For more info about the ASD START STRONG program see this video of our Evening Information Session. This year the group sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be held both online and in person.

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 – ONLINE – Thursday, August 4 (5pm – 7pm):

  • Introductions
  • Study smarter not harder

SESSION 2 – IN PERSON – Tuesday, August 9 (5pm – 7pm):

  • Transition to College

SESSION 3 – ONLINE – Thursday, August 11 (7pm – 9pm):

  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills

SESSION 4 – IN PERSON – Tuesday, August 16 (5pm – 7pm):

  • Goal setting and developing good habits

SESSION 5 – ONLINE – Thursday, August 18 (5pm – 7pm):

  • Critical thinking and academic supports

SESSION 6 – IN PERSON – Tuesday, August 23 (5pm – 7pm):

  • Decision making and accountability
  • Wrap up

To register or make inquiries, please email accessibility@rrc.ca.