CaroleAnn MacDonald is diagnosed with high-functioning Autism. She is a Mother, teacher, sister, daughter and most importantly a friend to the Autism community. She is an advocate for disabled individuals across North America. Ms. MacDonald holds 3 University degrees. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at York University and graduated with honours in 1995. She completed her Education degree at York University and graduated in 2003. She completed her Masters Degree in Education at York University and graduated in 2008.
Her Masters degree thesis researched the views of students, educators and parents towards autistic students attending post-secondary schools in Ontario. She also examined the current systemic barriers facing autistic students from entering post-secondary school in Ontario. She also completed several Law courses at Canada’s top Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School. While studying at law school she examined the Child & Family Services Act; the Education Act; and the Ontarians Disability Act; with a focus on the systemic barriers current laws in Canada present to disabled individuals. She plans to pursue her doctorate degree in the near future. Ms. MacDonald is a certified elementary teacher in the province of Ontario. She currently teaches for the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario. The program she teaches is a self-contained special education junior autism program for students grades 4-6 diagnosed with high-functioning autism. She is currently, the only diagnosed autistic teacher in North America teaching students diagnosed with autism.
Title: Navigating the World of Work While Living with an ASD
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Session: Session #18