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Algonquin pilots transition program for autistic students

Algonquin is piloting a new program aimed at helping those with Autism Spectrum Disorder transition into college life.

The two-year program will offer students support, as well as guidance regarding social interactions.

"This is going to give them the opportunity for some mentoring support, for some coaching support," Tara Connolly with Algonquin College told CFRA. "It may not be that they have any challenges with the academic piece, but rather some of the additional parts to the transition."

Connolly said they are also setting up a sensory-friendly drop-in space.

"People on the autism spectrum really do want to connect with each other and with all sorts of people in the world and so this is a matter of finding ways that are meaningful for them to connect with their community," she said.

Algonquin aims to serve 15-40 high school students with autism who have already been accepted to college.

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