Transitions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Connections for Students is a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and Ministry of Education (EDU). This initiative is designed to facilitate the smooth transition of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)from publically funded Autism Intervention Programs (AIP) to publicly funded school boards in Ontario. Connections for Studentswill improve on the current support for students with ASD transitioning from Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) instructional methods.
Transitions for Students with ASD
The Ministry of Education also identifies the need for specific transition planning for students with ASD in Policy/Program Memorandum 140 (2007) as follows; “Transition planning is an important process for all students, but especially for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Principals are required to ensure that a plan for transition is in place for students with ASD.”
Types of Transitions may include:
- Entry to school
- Transition between activities and settings or classrooms
- Transitions between grades
- Moving from school to school or from an outside agency to a school
- Transition from elementary to secondary school
- Transition from secondary school to postsecondary destinations and/or the workplace
For students with ASD at WCDSB, transition activities and strategies are documented where appropriate, within the student’s Individual Education Plan and/or Transition Plan.
Link to PPM 156 – SUPPORTING TRANSITIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
Link to PPM 140 – INCORPORATING METHODS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS (ABA) INTO PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD)
Link for Connections for Students