Giant Steps has been at the forefront of education and inclusion of autistic individuals, in all sectors of society, for over 40 years. Its mission is to offer quality educational programs and community support, in both official languages.

With 1 in 50 Canadian children and youth, aged 1 to 17 years of age, diagnosed as autistic, and an 86% unemployment rate for autistic adults, Giant Steps works tirelessly to form new partnerships with industry leaders to create a ripple effect for a more inclusive society.

The new Giant Steps Centre will provide services to autistic individuals, throughout their lifespan. The four integrated pillars include:

  • A Specialised School for Autistic Students, Aged 4 to 21 Years of Age
  • Adult Education and Employment, for adults 21 years of age and older
  • Community Outreach and Training
  • Research and Innovation

The Centre, located on the Technopôle Angus site, will open its doors to Giant Steps students and the autism community in September 2023.  The new Centre will be the first of its kind in Canada and a model for autism services here and around the world. It will allow Canada to become a leader in the field of autism education, research, and service delivery to the community. The R. Howard Webster Foundation is pleased to support this important project.

Home of many firsts, Giant Steps seeks to continue to empower autistic individuals, their families, and professionals in the field to access the most advanced and best practices in autism and inclusion.