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Work Experience Program
Work Experience Program

The Work Experience Program (WEP) is a community-based partnership between local business, industry and York Region District School Board. 

We strive to provide positive Work Experience opportunities for
students that will enhance their lives and provide greater
success in their future.

 work experience program logo

 The WEP provides: 

  • an opportunity for students in Special Education Programs to develop communication, independence and work skills in the community;
  • hands on experience for students (15 to 21 years of age) in non-credit earning Secondary School Community Class;
  • job coaches (school support staff), help train and monitor students in their work placements to increase skills and ensure success. 

For more information on the Work Experience Program speak to Special Education Department at your local secondary school. 

PEAK Program Information 

Pathways to Employment and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a transition program designed for senior secondary school students and serves as a bridge from school to adult life options including work, college vocational programs and community participation. 

The program consists of a 25% in-class component and a 75% community work placement.peak program logo

Ideal candidates for the PEAK Program will be students: 

  • typically participating in non-credit programs
  • having an identification of a Mild Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability or Autism
  • having demonstrated successful work experience
  • typically entering his/her last two years of secondary school
  • able and willing to work 4-5 hours per day 5 days per week 

Note: Students are referred by classroom teachers in conjunction with the Work Experience Program Coordinator. Acceptance/admission to PEAK is via application/interview process.  


PEAK Promotional Video

For more information on the PEAK Program, watch the PEAK Program promotional video below.

Please contact the Special Education Department at your local secondary school for further information.



Transition Planning and Community Agency Support 

Work Experience Program Coordinators also work with teachers and families to help facilitate post-secondary transition planning and ensure families understand the variety of services and resources that are available in the community.

Please visit the Transitions for Identified Students page for  more information and resources on Transition Planning.

Creating Pathways to Success, 2013
Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide, 2005
Shared Solutions, 2007
PPM 140 - Incorporating methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) into programs for students with ASD
PPM 156 - Supporting Transitions for Students with Special Needs
Early Years Policy Framework
Early Years Strategy
Special Education in Ontario: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Policy & Resource Guide, 2017This document supersedes Special Education: A Guide for Educators (2001). It also supersedes the following policy and resource documents that have been released by the Ministry of Education to support educators in the implementation of effective programs and/or services for students with special education needs: • Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans (2000) • Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation (2000) • Transition Planning: A Resource Guide (2002) • The Individual Education Plan (IEP): A Resource Guide (2004) Note that while this document supersedes the two standards documents – Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans and Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation – the standards described in both documents remain unchanged and are reflected in this guide.

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