Prerequisites and requirements:

  • Diagnosed or self-diagnosed as autistic.
  • Between the ages of 18-30. (Note: participants can be under 18 at time of program start date, but must be 18 years of age at time of work experience component. ie. approx 4 months from cohort start date).*
  • Citizen, permanent resident, or refugee in Canada.
  • Can legally work in Canada.
  • Will not be employed, in a transitional program, in training, or enrolled in school at the start of the program or for the duration of the program. (Some exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for clarification).
  • Confident using a PC and software programs (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, etc.).
  • Can stick to routines; is ready to learn new skills and motivated to find long-term employment in the digital economy.
  • Passionate about technology, computers, gaming, hardware and software
  • Independent, functional communication is required to participate in the program. This may take the form of verbal communication or communication with an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) or something comparable.
  • Due to the fast-paced nature of our program as well as the complexity of the course material, individuals who access the following funding may not be eligible for our program (Note: Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Please reach out to us to discuss):
    • Alberta: Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Funding/Programming (Alberta only)
    • Saskatchewan: Cognitive Disability Strategy (CDS) and Community Living Service Delivery (CLSD)
    • British Columbia: Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) and Community Living BC (CLBC)
    • Ontario: Development Services Ontario (DSO)
  • Have a high school diploma (Note: Exceptions may be made for those without a diploma provided they have an equivalent level of literacy and numeracy skills).
  • Is ready and able to work for the duration of the work experience (2 months).

Technology Required

The Autism CanTech! program operates using a Virtual Machine that participants can log into and access all of the required programs and software. As such the technology required for this program does not have to be extensive.

A laptop or desktop computer with an extra monitor is suggested. Those who face a barrier to having this level of equipment, can reach out to Autism CanTech! to arrange for loaner equipment.

NorQuest College
Edmonton Campus

10230 108 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 4Z7

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Treaty Acknowledgement


The ACT! Program is honoured to teach and learn across many traditional and treaty lands including the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt (KuhKite) and Kwikwetlem First Nations to the West; through the treatied lands and traditional territories of the Nehiyawak, Dene, Stoney Nakoda, Nakota Sioux, Tsuutina, Annishnabe, Metis, and Inuit; all the way to the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit in the Place of the Alders along the Humber River Watershed in the East. The Autism CanTech! Team is dedicated to ensuring that Indigenous voice is centered, honoured and respected. In this spirit, we invite you to reflect on your relationship to the lands on which you are currently located, and take action for positive change in your community in this time of reconciliation.