More autistic students are being accepted into post-secondary education programs than ever before, with enrollment rates close to 40%.  For many students the transition to post-secondary can be an exciting new step, but also an intimidating one.  This summer, The Sinneave Family Foundation offered Excel Campus Prep – a new program aimed at helping young people prepare for college or university.

Over 5 days, the Excel Campus Prep program provided campus tours at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta University of the Arts, and Bow Valley College.  In addition to the tours, course participants had a chance to meet with accessibility services staff to discuss program offerings and accommodations.  Recreational and social opportunities on campus, group work skills, and time and stress management were also discussed.

Here’s what some participants had to say about Excel:

“I loved everything about it. I normally have a hard time talking to people but I made three new friends. I didn’t want it to end!” – S

“The most helpful part of the 5-day Campus Prep Program was learning about accessibility services and how to get help with schooling when needed.” – H

“The best part about the Campus Prep Program was meeting new people, making friends, and campus tours” – E

Excel Campus Prep will be offered again next summer. In the meantime, individuals who are considering enrolling in post-secondary, or who are currently in college or university and would benefit from building skills to be successful, are encouraged to inquire about the Launch + Skills program.  Launch + Skills is a year-round program that offers individualized transition planning plus skill development for emerging adults who have active goals in continued education, getting a job and/or building independent living skills.

For more information about the Launch + Skills program, please contact us at 403-210-5000 or

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