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Autism Resource Centre (ARC)

Program Description 

The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) is a Secondary program to support students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are working towards a Dogwood Certificate. The focus of the program is to support students with social thinking curriculum and executive functioning.

Students have an 8 block timetable with 1-2 blocks as a group participating in the social thinking and executive functioning curricula. Each students’ course load will be determined through an IEP process. 

Student Profile

Students are appropriate for placement in this program when they:

  • have a designation of ASD (G)
  • are able to attend classes with minimal support
  • are able to work independently during parts of the day in a classroom setting
  • have independent life skills
  • need support with social thinking and executive functioning
  • are working towards a Dogwood Certificate
  • demonstrate externalizing and/or internalizing behaviour


Referral Process

Autism Resource Centre referrals are to be submitted to the District Case Manager, Inclusion.  

Documentation Required

  • completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement” form
  • completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
  • meets the Ministry criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder ‘G’ designation
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • School Based Team minutes
  • Report cards

Placement Evaluation

Student placement is reviewed every spring with the goal of returning students to their home schools. A transition plan between the ARC program staff and the receiving school is developed.

Capacity and Staffing

Up to 15 students

1 Teacher and 1 SSA

Program Locations

Churchill Secondary (Gr. 8/9)

David Thompson Secondary (Gr. 8/9)

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