Autism CanTech! (ACT!) is an innovative program for Autistic youth between the ages of 18-30 who want to work in the computer and technology sectors. The fully federally funded program includes one semester of course work at the Douglas College New Westminster campus to prepare participants for a two-month work experience upon course completion. A chance to experience college life and make new friends, all while training for a new career.
Join ACT! And learn foundational skills that will allow you to gain and maintain employment within the digital sector. Autistic youth will be supported in class and in their work experience for a combined 24 weeks.
The program begins with 16 weeks of 3-hour per day classes, scheduled Monday - Friday at 9:30 AM-12:30 PM (available in-class and remotely). Participants will come away with two distinct sets of skill sets: Employability Skills, which includes business communication, resume writing, productivity, and introductory project management, and Technical Skills that will prepare them to enter the digital economy in a data processing role.
Following the training component, participants will work with one of our Career Coaches to accept a suitable work experience to match you with your interests and abilities. Each participant will work with one of our employer-partner companies for a period of two months, with each day typically consisting of 5 hours/day for a total of 200 hrs. Participants in this component will receive extensive support with a Career Coach throughout the duration of their placement as well as with assistive technology that has been built specifically to Autistic employment.
- Diagnosed or self-diagnosed as Autistic
- Between the ages of 18-30
- Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Can legally work in Canada
- Confident using a PC and software programs (e.g., Microsoft suite, G Suite, etc.)
- Able to communicate independently
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ACT! youth are job-ready and supported by program staff during their employment. This program provides a great way to support Autistic youth with meaningful employment while adding diversity to your workforce.