Welcome to the Autism in High School web-based guide.
This resource guide was created to help students with autism and their families navigate the transitions and challenges of high school. The guide is divided into common transition periods. In each section, you will find descriptions of common challenges, suggested questions to help you plan for supports, and external resources for further investigation. With generous funding from the Sifton Family Foundation, this website was developed as a joint initiative between Extend-A-Family, Waterloo Region Family Network, members of the former Autism Services Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the University of Waterloo.
Many students find high school challenging because of the workload and new social dynamics. Students with ASD can find these challenges overwhelming.
Recognizing early warning signs and having a plan in place can help when planning supports for students at high risk of dropping out.