Our Programs

If cost is a barrier to accessing any of ASNL’s programs,
please contact the Programs and Services Manager at swhite@autism.nf.net

Current Offerings:

Pre-Employment Programs

STEP (Students Transitioning into Employment and Post-Secondary)
Year-long program designed for high school students to build self-awareness and skills through structured learning sessions and volunteerism with the ultimate goal of identifying appropriate employment or post-secondary choices upon school leaving.
Age Group: 16-21
When: October-June
Length of program: Year-long program
Where: Offered across the province
Cost: No cost; funded by Exon Mobil, RBC and the Fry Family Foundation
To register:  Please click HERE ,for more information contact Sarah O’Grady sogrady@autism.nf.net

Transitions
A full year of career exploration, community volunteerism, job shadowing, and onsite summer work experience to build the confidence and skill sets of young adults on the spectrum.
Age Group: 18+
When: September-August
Length of program: Year-long program
Where: Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, St. John’s
Cost: No cost; fully funded by the Department of Advanced Education and Labor
To register: Contact Sarah Hardiman at shardiman@autism.nf.net

EmploymentWorks
16 week-long program designed for individuals who want to enter or return to the workforce, and who are interested to developing and practicing the skills needed for successful employment.
Age Group: 15+
When: Fall, winter and spring
Where: Offered across the province
Length of program: 16 weeks
Cost: No cost; funded by Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program
To register: Contact Lisa Lovell at llovell@autism.nf.net

Community Recreation

Music Therapy
Individual & small group music therapy programs
Age Group: All ages welcome
Length of program: varied
When: Offered year-round
Where: In-person at the Elaine Dobbin Center and online
Cost: Private Session $35.00; Group Session $25.00; Preschool Group Session $18.75
To register: Contact Sarah White at swhite@autism.nf.net

Horse Discovery Program
Individual and small group sessions hosted by certified therapeutic riding instructors to explore stable management, horse care, grooming, horse handling and leading.
Age Group: All ages welcome
When: Offered year-round
Length of program: 4 weeks
Where: Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Riding Centre, St. John’s
Cost: Group session $40
To register: Contact Sarah White at swhite@autism.nf.net

Life Skills Opportunities

Healthy, Relationships and Sexuality (HRSA)
Comprehensive sexuality education curriculum on an array of topics relating to relationships and sexuality, specifically developed for adults with autism.
Age Group: 19+
Length of program: 14 weeks
When: Fall, Winter and Spring
Where: Online via Zoom (in-person once public health measures allow)
Cost: No cost; funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada
To register: Contact Jennifer Spracklin at jspracklin@autism.nf.net

Upcoming Programs:

Community Recreation

Private Swim Lessons
Age Group: All age welcome
When: Winter 2021;evenings and weekends
Where: The Aquarena, St,John’s; The Summit Centre, Mount Pearl; CBS Recreation Complex, CBS
Length of program: 8 weeks
Cost: $58; partial funding provided by VOCM Cares and the Fry Family Foundation
To register: Contact Sarah White at swhite@autism.nf.net

Social Circus
Circus skills such as hula hooping, juggling, balance, acrobatic and clowning are taught to encourage participants the ability to connect and express themselves.
Age Group: 9-14 years’ old
When: Fall 2020; weekends
Where: The Dance House, St. John’s
Length of program: 19 weeks
Cost: $25; partial funding provided by Ignite Circus and Eastern Health
To register: Contact Sarah White at swhite@autism.nf.net