Postsecondary Education Supports: Continuing the Conversation

Autistic people in Canada are increasingly seeking out postsecondary education options. Yet supports for Autistic students attending Canada’s universities, colleges, and other postsecondary institutions are currently underdeveloped.

Autism Alliance of Canada recognizes the need to mobilize a collective effort to innovate and boost the scale of progress towards equitable, consistent and effective support and vocational training programs for the high proportions of Autistic and other neurodivergent people that enter postsecondary education. There is a growing consensus that the time is right to form a collaborative network to brainstorm and leverage their shared knowledge and experience.

This policy brief is a product of Autism Alliance of Canada’s 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, from the panel, “Building Collaboration in Autism Postsecondary Education Supports.”

It contains information about the event, what we talked about there, and what comes next for the Alliance based on the event. Here, we talk about building collaboration in the area of postsecondary education supports for Autistic students. Participants included practitioners at universities and colleges, Autistic advocates, caregivers, policymakers, community organization representatives, and researchers.