These materials were co-written by a group of autistic post- secondary students and graduates as well as The Sinneave Family Foundation 

Co-Authors:  

  • Amanda Benson, BA, University of Calgary  
  • Matt Derraugh, BA, University of Winnipeg 
  • Patrick Dwyer, PhD candidate, UC Davis 
  • Laura Gilmour, PhD candidate, University of Alberta 
  • Katelyn Lowe, PhD, RPsych, The Sinneave Family Foundation 
  • Joseph Sheppard, MSc candidate, University of Victoria 
  • Sarah Symonds, The Sinneave Family Foundation
  • TC Waisman, PhD, University of Calgary 

These materials are based on the lived experience of autistic students and every attempt was made to ensure the language in the course is respectful and age-appropriate. 

Click on any of the modules below to read about our advisors’ personal experiences, tips, and overview of the post-secondary experience.

Finding a program that matches your strengths and interests is the first step in making the transition to a post-secondary education or training program. The materials found in this handout will help you understand the different types of post-secondary programs that are available, what the admission requirements are, and an overview of things you need to consider when preparing a budget.

Click here or on the image below to access the Program Selection handout.

Understanding the various supports & accommodations that are available in post-secondary and how to access them is an important step to consider before you begin attending classes. The information provided in the handout below will help you understand what services and supports may be provided through Disability Services on your campus and a list of any documentation you may need to apply.

Click here or on the image below to access the Disability Supports handout.

The information in this handout will help you to gain a better understanding of the role of security services on campus and how to avoid any situations that may arise such as exploitation and bullying in peer relationships. It will also provide information about how to stay safe while taking classes online and some strategies for self-regulation.

Click here or on the image below to access the Campus Safety handout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding your needs and how to advocate for yourself becomes even more important in post-secondary programs. This handout will provide you with a number of ways to increase your self-knowledge as well as some suggestions about disclosure, ableism, and effective communication.

Click here or on the image below to access the Advocacy handout.

 

 

 

 

There is more to getting a post-secondary education than just completing your degree or diploma program. There are a wide variety of opportunities to meet people, express yourself, and to pursue your interests. This handout will explore student clubs, intersectional identities, social media, and camouflaging.

Click here or on the image below to access the Social Life handout.

 

 

 

 

Read this handout to better understand the how to effectively manage your time and get the most out of your post-secondary experience, starting with campus orientation, student expectations, study skills, and goal setting.

Click here or on the image below to access the Academic Strategies handout.

 

 

 

 

In addition to your academic course work, living more independently, and possibly away from home, you may need to learn some new skills. If you are living on your own or with a roommate, this handout will help you gain an understanding of things like finances, budgeting, transportation, laundry, food, and on-campus housing options.

Click here or on the image below to access the Life Skills handout.

 

 

 

Maintaining optimal health and mental wellbeing is an important consideration when attending post-secondary. This handout provides information about sensory coping, stress management, mental, physical and sexual health.

Click here or on the image below to access the Wellbeing handout.

 

 

Post-secondary is one of the stepping stones to your future career goals and ambitions. What next steps will you take after completing your program? This handout covers building your resume and CV, internships, practicum opportunities, searching for and applying for jobs, and further education options including graduate school.

Click here or on the image below to access the Next Steps handout.