Transitions Overview

What are the Transition Programs all about?

RARC offers several exciting initiatives to support students with disabilities as they transition to high school, post-secondary school, and beyond. These free transition programs help participants build skills and knowledge, while also meeting others with similar experiences in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Our programs address topics such as self-understanding and self-esteem, IEPs and accommodations, assistive technology, self-advocacy, stress management, and positive mental health.

RARC has programs that take place locally in Kingston, Ontario, online programs for participants across Ontario, as well as curriculum packages that you can use to host a program in your own school or setting. Explore the options below or contact us at rarc@queensu.ca for more information.

Programs local to Kingston, Ontario

RARC offers some in-person programming for those located in Kingston and the surrounding areas.

Successful Transition from Elementary to Post-Secondary is a two-year program for students with learning disabilities and ADHD, and their families, in the Kingston and surrounding areas. Program recruitment runs from October to February for grade 7 students. Program activities begin in the fall of the grade 8 year and run through until the summer before grade 9. This program is free of charge, however for students in need of an updated psychoeducational assessment, this will be provided for a fee.

Click here to learn more about STEPS

On-Line to Success On-Line is a primarily online transition program for students in Grade 12 in the Kingston and surrounding areas with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD and/or mental health disorders. Registration takes place from October to December, and the program runs from February to June.

Click here to learn more about OLTS

Province-wide programs

Check out these free programs, available to students and parents in Ontario.

In January-February 2024 we will be launching a series of online sessions for the parents and guardians of students in grades 7 or 8 who have learning disabilities or ADHD. Stay tuned for more information to come! If you’d like to get on a contact list for updates and registration information, email steps@queensu.ca

We are taking our OLTS course province-wide in a fully online format. This program is for students in Ontario in Grade 12 with a learning disability, ADHD, ASD or a mental health disorder. Registration takes place from October to December, and the program runs from February to June.

Click here to learn more about OLTS Ontario

TRG Next is a series of online modules for any student, parent or teacher to learn more about how to prepare for post-secondary. Visit the Transition Resource Guide website to access TRG Next.

Click here to learn more about and access TRG Next.

Host Your Own Program

Do you want to host and run a transition program in your school or setting? You can use RARC’s transition curriculum in your school or setting and run your own program for your students.

This program is for students in grades 7 and 8 with learning disabilities and ADHD. We have created a 10-session curriculum for these students to prepare for secondary, post-secondary and beyond.

Please email steps@queensu.ca for more information. 

This is an online transition course designed for any student (with or without disabilities) as they prepare for college and university. This 6-module course can be customized and adapted to meet your students’ and program’s needs. For more information about hosting your own program, click here.

Please email eyes-on-pse@queensu.ca for more information. 

Transition Resource Guide

RARC has developed a comprehensive Transition Resource Guide (TRG) for students transitioning to post-secondary education. This guide is a 'one-stop shop' for students with disabilities to learn what they need to know to be prepared for post-secondary school in Ontario.

Visit the TRG website