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Educational Opportunities after High School (Toronto)

The following listing has been compiled for information purposes. Families/individuals are responsible for assessing each program to determine whether it meets their needs.

If you know of a program that is not listed here but you think should be, or if the information in this list is not accurate, please email us and let us know about it:

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College Programs

Transition Resource Guide

The Transition Resource Guide, developed with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, is a one-stop repository of information to help students navigate the transition to post-secondary studies and access the services and supports they need.

Learn about your rights and responsibilities, how to advocate for yourself, what financial aid is available and more. The guide also includes lists of support services, campus accessibility, contact lists and more for every publicly funded post-secondary institution in Ontario.

Brighton Launch Adult Program

Contact: Kathy Lear
Phone: 416-932-8273
Address: 40 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cost: varies, depending on chosen program
Program hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Dates: Year Round, 5 days per week
Brighton Launch Adult program is a natural extension of our Secondary program that we have been running successfully for several years.

Brighton Launch Adult Program is a year-round program that provides a comprehensive, all-inclusive curriculum focussing on job preparation training, skills for independent living, facilitation of social skills and friendships, development of recreation & leisure pursuits and increasing functional abilities in all areas. We offer both Full-time and Part-time programs which run from September through the end of
May, as well as optional Summer Sessions that run June through August.

Rather than a series of stand-alone courses, our ‘one-stop-shopping’ integrated program approach ensures that key goals are being addressed in a focussed, consistent and synchronized manner across the curriculum, with experienced coach/facilitators who know the young adult very well. Brighton Launch is not a time-limited program. You can enrol for one year or several; you can remain connected to Launch in various ways throughout your life and career, returning for career assistance or job-training as needed, or participating in social groups.

George Brown College

College Vocational Program – A101
Contact: College Vocational Program Co-ordinator
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext.2503
E-mail: or
Adress: St James Campus, 200 King Street East Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 3W8 (map)
Duration: 1 Year (2 semesters) – Starts in September
Cost: $3,223
Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities: 100%
Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate: Yes
This job-readiness program is designed to meet the unique educational and vocational needs of people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who may not normally consider or qualify for entry into a traditional post-secondary program. It is an individualized, supportive program that helps bridge the gap for students who have graduated from high school with predominantly workplace or possibly college credits. The program is based on the cohort model, in which a group of students moves through all classes and phases of the program together. Students enrolled in this program are eligible for loans and grants. Student receives an Ontario College Certificate once the program is completed.

Semester 1

  • Life Skills I
  • Communication Skills for Work I
  • Mathematics for Everyday Life
  • Fitness I
  • Society and Self
  • Vocational Skills/Assessment

Semester 2

  • Life Skills II
  • Communication Skills for Work II
  • Fitness II
  • Work Placement

Humber College: Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education (CICE)

Contact: Rosanna To
Phone: 416-675-6622 extension 4288
Address: Humber College – North Campus – 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 5L7 (map)
Cost: Approximately $3,690.08/year (2 semesters)
Hours: Runs from September to May, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (22hrs/week over the college schedule)
Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities: 70%
Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate: Yes

This is a 2 year program (4 semesters) for a limited number of students with a developmental disability, 19 years of age and older. The objectives are to help develop academic and employment-related skills with the aim of eventual integration in the community. Students are eligible to apply for financial assistance (Ontario Special Needs Bursary).

Students must be able to arrange for their own transportation to and from the college and from one campus to another (if applicable). Students will be able to receive up to 5 hours of support per week from Integration Facilitators

Core courses (taken with peers from the CICE Program) include:

  • Numeracy
  • Job Skills
  • Human Relations
  • Job Practice
  • Communication Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Recreational Activities
  • Individual Education Plan
  • First Aid
  • Computer Skills

Elective courses (participating with peers from other college programs).
Some of the choices are:

  • Broadcast– Radio
  • Journalism
  • Culinary Skills
  • Landscape Technician
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Paramedic
  • Esthetician/Spa Management
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Film and TV Production
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Child and Youth Worker

The CICE Integration Facilitator will adapt the elective course to suit student’s specific strengths and needs so that they can participate to the best of their ability. Depending on availability and workload, students will participate in one to three elective each semester.

Field Placement (Job Practice) Job Practice lets students learn job skills on and off campus. Businesses like Staples, Royal Bank, EB Games, Pickle Barrel and Woodbine Fantasy Fair participate in the Job Practice program with the CICE Program. Students will complete job practice placements with provides them with work experience in a field of their choice.

York University: Strengthening transitions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A two year pilot (2014-2016) to help high school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) transition into post-secondary programs. This is open to any student with ASD entering a post-secondary program. Includes:

  1. Outreach opportunities at local high schools to meet with both parents and students to discuss the post-secondary transition process.
  2. Service Provider’s Workshop is designed for teachers in special education and guidance counselling who want to learn more about supporting students with learning disabilities and ASDs with the transition to postsecondary.
  3. ASD Transition Day takes place each June and is available to both students and parents. This workshop discusses how parents and students can prepare for the transition to college or university.
  4. Project ADVANCE is a two-week summer transition program (first two weeks of July or the last two weeks of August) for students with learning disabilities who are attending any postsecondary institution.
  5. ASD Connect allows students and parents to meet with the ASD Coordinator prior to registering with Learning Disability Services at York. This gives students and parents an idea of what to expect during registration/intake with LDS, as well as with the overall University registration process.
  6. ASD Residence Support offers students living on campus with direct ASD support (coming soon).

Contact: Learning Disability Services
Phone: 416-736-5383

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Adult Literacy Programs

Frontier College (Independent Studies Program)

A Canada-wide, volunteer based literacy organization that teaches people to read and write and nurtures an environment that encourages live long learning. The independent Studies Program helps students with developmental disabilities work towards greater self-confidence and personal independence. Learners work on learning outcomes such as reading, writing, math and basic computer skills in a creative project-based way. These learning outcomes also include interpersonal skills, life skills, learning how to learn skills, improving confidence, self-esteem, and practical living skills.

Contact: Intake
Phone: 416-923-3591
Address: 35 Jackes Avenue, Toronto, M4T 1E2 (map)
Operation Time: September – June
Cost: No cost

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) is a non-credit, upgrading program that helps learners improve their reading, writing and basic mathematics so they can go to high school, college and find suitable employment.

LBS classes are offered to learners 19 years and older who speak English as their first language and to adult ESL learners with the CLB 7+ level of proficiency (speaking/listening) and no post-secondary education.

Contact: Adriana Ungureanu
Phone: 416-397-6072
Operation Time: September – July
English as a first language only

How to get started:
For information, call 416-397-6072:

  • Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School – 4640 Finch Avenue East, Toronto (map)
  • Learning Enrichment Foundation – 116 Industry Street, Toronto 416-760-2568 (map)
  • Norfinch Centre – 45 Norfinch Drive, Toronto 3rd floor 416-397-6390 (map)
  • St. Jane Frances School – 2745 Jane Street, Toronto (map)
  • St. Leonard Adult Eduction Centre – 100 Ravel Road, Toronto 416-397-6959 (map)

Toronto District School Board – Essential Skills Upgrading

Essential Skills Upgrading is a non-credit, adult program that helps clients improve their reading, writing, and math skills, as well as their employability and workplace skills
Contact: Intake Department
Phone: 416-393-1995
Address: Bickford Centre (Assessment Centre) – 777 Bloor Street West, Room 214B, Toronto
Cost: No cost
How to get started:

  • Contact to set up appointment for an assessment
  • After the completion of assessment the individual will be placed at either of the following locations:
    • Pharmacy Adult Learning Centre – 1641 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough (map)
    • Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Adult Learning Centre – 500 The East Mall, Etobicoke (map)
    • Community Living Toronto 50 Fairfax Crescent, Toronto, M1L 4A1 (map)

Toronto Public Library- Adult Literacy Program

Free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and math to english-speaking adults, 16 years or older. Volunteer tutors work with the learners to help them reach their literacy goals. Learners and volunteer tutors meet for a minimum of 2 hours per week
Contact: Aly Velji
Phone: 416-395-5555
How to get started:

  • Call closest library from list below
  • Ask if space is available
  • A screen process will take place (about 2-3 hours)
  • Individual will be matched up with a tutor


  • Albion District Library – 416-394-5173
  • Barbara Frum Library – 416-395-5424
  • Don Mills Library – 416-395-5849
  • Downsview Library – 416-395-5724
  • Fairview Library – 416-395-5765
  • Malvern Library – 416-396-3668
  • Maria A. Shchuka Library – 416-394-1054
  • North York Central Library – 416-395-5554
  • S. Walter Stewart Library – 416-396-3852
  • York Woods Library – 416-395-0810

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Continuing Education

Centennial College

There are a great variety of programs and courses with flexible learning. Whether you are looking for a career change, wanting to update your skills to work towards a certificate or diploma, or seeking to fill your leisure time, Continuing Education at Centennial has a course/program that will interest you. Weekend courses are available.
For registration and course selection:

Humber College

For most courses, a student must be 19 years of age or have a Grade 12 diploma. For many of the general interest courses offered, the above qualification does not apply.
For registration and course selection:

Humber is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of student life at the college. We encourage all students to self-identify with the services in a timely manner to ensure their needs can be met. We also welcome inquiries from students seeking more information about how our services can assist if you think you may have a disability.

Please drop by or call us. Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Humber North Campus – room B112 416.675.5090
Humber Lakeshore Campus – room A120 416.675.6622 ext. 3331
For further information, please visit our website at

George Brown College

Areas of Interest: Arts and Design, Business and Legal Studies, Communication and Languages, Emergency Management, Health Sciences and Community Services, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Makeup and Esthetics, Technology and Trades

Course Audits- You may attend a course with no requirement to complete assignments or the final exam. If you decide to formally waive the credit value of a course by choosing not to be evaluated or graded, you are considered to be auditing the course. Full course fees still apply when you audit a course.

For registration and course selection:

Toronto District School Board – Learn 4 Life

More than 1,700 General Interest classes offered during the day, the evening and on weekends.
Subject areas: arts, communications, computers, dance, finance, fitness, food, languages, music, self-development, sewing, theatre, film & TV, trades
The list of courses offered, locations and registration details can be found on the Toronto District School Board Website
Phone: 416.338-4111
Address: 2 Trethewey Drive, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M6M 4A8 (map)

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