Algonquin Summer Events

posted Jun 24, 2016, 5:20 AM by Stephen Myers
This is just a reminder that the Transition Support Centre of Algonquin College is offering several activities this summer for incoming first-year Algonquin College students with ASD. 

The first events are occurring on July 8, 2016. If you have already contacted us to register, thank you!


The events include those listed below. A formal attachment is also enclosed. To register for any of these events, please contact Heather


Student-Only Events 

Open to: Incoming Fall 2016 Algonquin College students with ASD


1.      Introduction to College and the Transition Support Centre:  July 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On this half day, incoming Fall 2016 Algonquin College students will tour the campus, hear from a panel of successful upper-year students and a faculty member, and have opportunities to learn about college expectations, understand self-advocacy in the post-secondary environment, and get to know the Transition Support Centre staff and students.



2.      Residence Sneak Preview: July 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Residence Sneak Preview will be an opportunity for incoming Algonquin students with ASD to experience living on campus before the school year begins. While attending, students will learn about Residence Life and independent living skills. The day will end with a free pizza dinner and a movie after which students will stay in Residence overnight.


3.      Connecting with the Campus, Services and Supports: August 4, 2016, 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM (with optional social until 4:15 p.m.)

This full transition day provides incoming Fall 2016 Algonquin students with an overview of Learning Strategies and Assistive Technology as well as an orientation to Student Support Services, important campus locations, and e-textbooks. Students will be introduced to the Marketplace cafeteria by student mentors and given meal cards to purchase their lunch. After the transition day, students may choose to attend an optional ice-cream sundae social in the TSC!


4.      Gearing Up for Classes:  August 23, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM with optional social until 6:30 PM

During this afternoon, Fall 2016 Algonquin students will learn about self-advocating at college, note-taking strategies, learning in the classroom environment, and strategies for stress-management. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about Blackboard Learn (Algonquin's main Learning Management System), which is crucial for success in the first year!

The TSC will then host an optional video game social that students are welcomed to attend from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


5.      SLICEAugust 9, 2016, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The Strategic Learning in the College Environment (SLICE) Conference is a summer transition program offered to individuals with disabilities entering first-year studies at Algonquin College. SLICE is a one-day event, and is free to students meeting the criteria for admission to the College and who have a disability. Aimed at providing students with disabilities with an overview of the services available through the Centre for Accessible Learning (formerly Centre for Students with Disabilities) and Algonquin College, participants of the program will receive basic instruction in the following areas: study strategies, self awareness/self advocacy training, post-secondary survival skills, and assistive technologies.

Note: This is not a TSC-specific event and is open to all students with disabilities.


Parent-Only Event

Open to: Parents or supportive family members of incoming Fall 2016 Algonquin College students with ASD

1.      Parent Discussion Forum: Gearing Up for College  September 1, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This Parent Discussion Forum will be held for parents or supportive family member of incoming Algonquin students with ASD. Intended only for parents or supportive family members of incoming Algonquin students, it will provide participants with information as well as a discussion forum to ask questions related to supporting their students through the final stages of the transition process into college. Discussion points will include:

-          Changing role of parents

-          Communicating with the College (services and faculty)

-          Supporting academic success, self-advocacy, and disclosure

-          Transitioning to independent living

Stephen Myers,
Jun 24, 2016, 5:20 AM
Stephen Myers,
Jun 24, 2016, 5:20 AM
Stephen Myers,
Jun 24, 2016, 5:20 AM