Autism Program

The Autism Program is provided for students with severe communication disorders, including autism.

This highly structured program emphasizes the development of speech and language, self-help, life skills, vocational and work experience skills and age appropriate behaviour.

Admission to this non-credit program is through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (I.P.R.C.) process.

All placements are made centrally at Board level.

NAC Visits the Autism Program in June:

The NAC’s Music Circle Workshops for children, high school students and adults on the autistic spectrum are run in partnership with the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and take place in schools and community organizations. NAC Orchestra Second Horn musician Elizabeth Simpson shares her passion for music by inviting students to play on musical instruments and explore the world of sound. Each series of workshops culminates with a special interactive concert performed by an ensemble from the NAC Orchestra.

Volunteer award given to OTSS Autism Program students for their work on the Vanier Food Bank Gardens - Thank you Vanier Partage!!

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Work Experience Program: Working at Rogers Video, Hillel Lodge and Bridgehead Warehouse.

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Several of our graduates obtain employment at their worksites: Lone Star Restaurant, Little Critters Pet Store.

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Community Activities include: swimming, skating, restaurants and shopping, bus training, museum trips, bowling, library visits, MacSkimming Farm, hikes, "adopt a park" program, concerts, baseball game, donating blood and high school sports events.

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Vocational Program: Contracts completed for OCDSB - World of Work Conference, Friends of Abandoned Pets, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa Food Bank, Canadian Legion, Help the Aged, Beechwood Animal Hospital and Green Shoots.

The students of the autism program also worked on a project for Margi Laurin, placing coils in "Altered Books".

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The books are sold at several Craft Fairs in Ontario.

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Rachael Rachael

Congratulations to OTSS Student Rachael

Rachael placed first in both the 'Singles Level 1 Women' and the 'Interpretive Women' at the Special Olympics 2011 Regional Competition.


First Fastest Runner



I See a Des Brisay Fly - A Film about Tommy Des Brisay



The website Autism and the Art of Communication has many different ideas that parents and professionals working with ASD individuals may find helpful - please do try this at home!
Many people on the autism spectrum have great difficulty learning and using conventional language. Even with intensive intervention programs, as many as 20-30% of ASD individuals remain non-verbal, while many others acquire only a low or moderate amount of verbal language that may or may not be functional for everyday life.

AutismSheila Bell is a speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals with autism for more than 20 years. In her private practice, she has developed many creative intervention techniques and strategies for helping individuals with autism develop and realize their potential; in addition, she has worked extensively with families and educators to find practical solutions to challenging situations at home and school." The website, Autism and the Art of Communication, describes the use of drawing and other art forms as alternative and augmentative modes of communication for individuals with autism spectrum disorders which includes innovative therapy methods for people with autism of all ages and interventions for non-verbal autism, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS and related disorders. 

Creative visual therapy methods for language learning, academics and social problem-solving is thoroughly explained.

This website presents the use of drawing as an alternate mode of communication for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Please visit the Noun Project at

Photo ID Card for Non-drivers over the age of 16
Autism Ontario Ottawa Chapter
The Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Ave, Room 210
Ottawa, K1R 6H5
Phone: 613-230-6305
Autism Registry
This online registry promotes communication and gives police quick access to critical information about a registered person with autism.
Children at Risk
Provides services and programs to families of children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders to develop their child's behavioural, communications and social skills, and to advocate for their ongoing needs.
Visit the Children at Risk Website
A Charitable foundation uniting families affected by autism with heroes across our nation
Visit the Unity for Autism website
Developmental Services Ontario helps adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. There are nine agencies across Ontario to serve you. Our organizations are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
Visit the DSO website
Service Coordination
Service Coordination is the initial contact for individuals who have a developmental disability or autism in the Ottawa region. We help people find the supports and services in the community that are needed to assist them in their daily lives. One of our important goals is to empower families/individuals to make informed choices about the supports they seek.
H'Art of Ottawa is a unique and innovative art studio where self-expression and a sense of place are encouraged and celebrated for people with developmental disabilities. Through the common language of art and self-expression, the artists of H'Art contribute to the community and the cultural life of Ottawa.
Geneva Centre
Geneva Centre for Autism is an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training.
Visit the Geneva Centre website

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