Giant Steps welcomes students, the public to new campus
Giant Steps students began their school year at their brand-new campus located in the Technopôle Angus. Now called the Giant Steps Autism Centre, it was officially inaugurated on September 14 with a visit from Premier François Legault, Minister of Education Bernard Drainville, Charles Lafortune, donors and stakeholders.
The Centre was created to meet the special needs of people with autism throughout their lives, and includes in its inclusion mandate a school for students aged four to 21; adult education and training; resources and training for families and employers; and research and innovation. (Read our story in the Spring-Summer 2023 edition, p. 24.)
Giant Steps also opened its doors to the community on September 30 with a resource fair. At a day-long event which included tours of the new campus, some 50 exhibitors gathered in the gym and surrounding areas to inform families and interested parties about their services. Inspirations and the English Montreal School Board were present to share the news and resources that the Board provides.
Remarkable features of the new centre include a bright, spacious gym, quiet nooks, activity and sensory rooms and a diverse and fun-filled outdoor playground. These attributes, amongst others, were designed and implemented to foster an environment where students can thrive. In addition, the staff area provides ample spaces to relax and recharge.