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Volunteers Needed for Aut2Employ Project

A successful collaboration between the Haskayne School of Business and parent group seeking the creation of a social enterprise for individuals with...

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Beast Mode!

Many of us know that exercise is good for us (New Year’s Resolutions, anyone?). So then why does it seem so hard to...

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Sinneave Family Foundation Scholarships in 2017

The Sinneave Family Foundation is pleased to offer two scholarships in honour of Dr. Fraser Mustard and Mr. Richard Haskayne.  The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017.

Dr. Fraser...

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Zero Project highlights Canada's Ready, Willing & Able Initiative as a 2017 Innovative Policy on Employment

Tanya McLeod, President of The Sinneave Family Foundation would like to congratulate the team at Ready, Willing and Able on receiving an international award at the Zero...

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The Beast Mode Experience

Beast Mode is more than a program, it is an experience!

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Beast Mode is Back in January 2017!

The Beast Mode Fitness First Experience (Beast Mode) is a program initiative developed in partnership...

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Holiday Office Hours

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Opening Doors Housing Conference

Pictured here are Sinneave Foundation Ambassadors John Seigner and Lorraine Jesse with CMHC manager Mary-Ann Krahulic.The annual Opening Doors...

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Spectrum Advantage Employer of the Month

Ducktoes Computer Repair and Services

Since 2014, Ducktoes has been an important partner with Spectrum Advantage, hiring several of our skilled graduates...

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Dr. Margaret Clarke Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations are in order for our very own Dr. Margaret Clarke for receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University on November...

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Beast Mode’s Top 5 tips for Surviving the Holidays

ELF Workout

Whenever someone says “Christmas Cheer”…..do 5 squats

When someone references the North Pole……do 5 triceps dips

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Pursuits and Recruits are Now Accepting Applications for January 2017!

Pursuits programs focus on increasing personal independence, developing early vocational and job skills, and preparation for the post-secondary environment.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 the following Pursuits Programs will begin:

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Brighten the Holiday Season 12 Days of iPads

Last Christmas, 12 children received the gift of communication.

Since 2013 the Sinneave Family Foundation has been offering an iPad Bursary Program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who need assistive technology to help them communicate and to build independence. Many...

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Update on Board Games Night

We've had a great couple months back - lots of fun, friendship building and learning happening. We're happy to have such a great group...

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Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship award recipients!

Richard Haskayne Scholarship 

The Richard Haskayne Scholarship is for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  It is an annual scholarship of $5,000 and is awarded to an eligible Albertan with ASD who is pursuing post-secondary education, training or vocation. Applicants for...

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Ready Willing and Able - Supports for Social Enterprise

We are pleased to invite you to our third social enterprise parent meeting on Monday, November 14th, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. 

Guest speaker Bill McGregor will discuss the types of supports available through Ready Willing and Able.  The meeting will be held at The Ability Hub #300, 3820...

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The Ability Hub is Five Years Old!

In October, The Ability Hub celebrated a very important milestone--it’s Fifth Birthday!

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Social Enterprise Parent Focus Group – Upcoming Work Sessions

Momentum continues to build around the topic of social enterprise for autistic individuals.  The parent focus group is thrilled to be engaging with a team of MBA students from the Haskayne School of Business. We will come together for hands-on working sessions and opportunities to discuss...

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Mental Health and ASD Family Engagement Committee

Does your child with ASD also experience mental health problems?  Anxiety, depression, and attention deficient disorder are extremely common in individuals with ASD, yet access to effective treatment and support for these issues can be difficult.

We would like to hear more about what is...

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Board Games Group Fall Session Start-up

Hi Board Games Group families!

This is a reminder about the Board Games Group starting up next week on Thursday September 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the lobby of the Child Development Centre (Main floor, 3820 - 24 Avenue NW). We are so excited for this year! 

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The Beast Mode Experience

by Teunisje Gruber, BScOT, MC

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Mental Health and ASD Family Engagement Committee

Does your child with ASD also experience mental health problems?  Anxiety, depression, and attention deficient disorder are extremely common in individuals with ASD, yet access to effective treatment and support for these issues can be difficult.

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Kelowna, BC held their first Launch into Life! transition workshop series on April 22 and 23, 2016.

The sessions were facilitated by Dr. Katelyn Lowe, with support from Autism Society of British Columbia, assisted by local educators and autism moms Sue Noble and Teresa Peters. The weekend series was a huge success with 18 parents, 5 support workers and 2 teens with ASD taking part.

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Family Engagement Committee on Mental Health and ASD

Anxiety, depression, and attention deficient disorder are extremely common in individuals with ASD, yet access to effective treatment and support for these issues can be difficult. We would like to hear more about what is working well in the current mental health system and what gaps or barriers...

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The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada Partner with Organizations Across Canada

Marketwired News Release – July 14, 2016

“It helped me, and it might help you!”

An enthusiastic sentiment...

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Pursuits Summer Sessions are Now available!

Looking for a summer camp that provides skills instead of thrills?  Three types of programs are being offered by Society for Treatment of Autism at The Ability Hub this year:

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The Sensory Considerations in ASD Workshop was Well Received

Sara Baker, Launch Clinician and Occupational Therapist recently presented “Sensory Considerations in ASD” at The Ability Hub.  Over 50 people attended the workshop, representing parents, professionals and other caregivers. 

This workshop was intended to increase “sensory empathy”,...

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The Transformative Power of Fitness

If you had the opportunity to be involved with a program that could: help you feel better (physically and mentally), look better, prevent and reduce...

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Improving lives through Fitness Programming

We are pleased to announce the successful run of our first fitness course offered through the Ability Hub. The “Beast Mode” Fitness First Experience is a new...

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Women's Empowerment Coffee at AAFS Calgary

Need a boost? Come get your morning coffee fix at AAFS and start your day off on the right foot!

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Inaugural meeting about social enterprise a big success!

The level of under-employment facing individuals with autism and their families is a significant and challenging issue. Last month we invited families to gather and discuss self-employment and social enterprise as potential employment options for their adult children with ASD.  Essentially, the...

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Back up Plans and Back up Moms

In the very first Launch into Life workshop series, I (MSW Student) had the distinct honour of meeting two Moms, Cindy and Jackie, who I learned over the three nights, shared a close and supportive friendship. In the midst of sometimes stressful and overwhelming transition planning, Cindy and...

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Men's Fitness Group

Are you or your child feeling trapped in a cycle of low confidence, low self-esteem, and little-to-no exercise and physical activity? You are not alone. Many people feel stuck in this cycle.

Due to this need, we are interested in piloting a men’s workout group as a collaboration between...

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iPad Bursary Update

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our iPad program over the past year or has shared information about our program with individuals in need. With your help and generosity we were able to provide 13 families with an iPad and the apps they needed this holiday season. 

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Worktopia and EmploymentWorks Canada Update

Worktopia – Improving Employment Futures for Individuals with ASD

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Launch Into Life! Transition to Adulthood Workshop Series

The first Launch into Life! Workshop Series was a huge success! Parents and caregivers found the sessions “informative, helpful, and fun”, and they welcomed the opportunity to connect with other parents as well as to meet...

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The Sinneave Family Foundation Announces Retirement and Appointment of President

The Sinneave Family Foundation (SFF or the Foundation) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2015, Tanya McLeod will assume the role of President. Tanya has been with SFF since June 2015, and she has quickly earned the confidence of Board members and staff. Tanya...

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EmploymentWorks Canada – For Individuals with ASD Who Want to Work

Later this month (September 2015), an exciting new Worktopia program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be piloted at The Ability Hub in Calgary. The 12-week program called EmploymentWorksCanada offers employment preparedness training for individuals ages 15- 29 who are no...

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CommunityWorks Canada Pilot A Success!

The CommunityWorks Canada pilot program at The Ability Hub wrapped up on July 29th, and thanks to our dedicated participants, peer mentors and community partners, the new program was a great success!

Participants in CommunityWorks were engaged in different types of community service...

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Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Award Recipients!

Richard Haskayne Scholarship

The Richard Haskayne Scholarship “For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” an annual scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to an eligible Albertan with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pursuing post high school education, training or vocation. Applicants...

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Launch Into Life! Transition Workshop Registration

Registration is NOW open for the Launch into Life! - Transition Workshop Series.

This series of workshops will help families create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provide valuable information on many more topics!  For more information visit the ...

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Pursuits and Recruits Programming Update

The Sinneave Family Foundation is directing its efforts towards enabling, evaluating, and exporting promising programs, research, and supports for adolescents and adults with ASD.

One of our key partners is Society for Treatment of Autism, a recognized...

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Launch into Life! - Transition Workshop Series

We are excited to announce a NEW 3-session workshop series called Launch into Life! 

Launch into Life! workshops will help families create an Individualized Transition Plan for their child and provide valuable information about the following topics:

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Launch Program Update

At this time intake into the Launch Program is on hold for the summer. The Launch Clinical Team will be taking some time to develop new programs to better serve individuals and families in the transition to adult living.

Please re...

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What is Spectrum Advantage?

Spectrum Advantage is a community-based project under Autism Calgary that is designed to train, assist and support individuals (18-30) on the Spectrum. We are providing them with a continuum of employment and educational opportunities within the electronic economy, in order for them to gain...

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Tonight's Workshop has been CANCELLED

Tonight's Personal Safety Presentation Workshop has been CANCELLED.  The workshop will be rescheduled and will likely be held this fall.

If you have any questions, please contact The...

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CommunityWorks Canada Program Kick-off!

On April 22, 2015, an exciting new after-school pilot program for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) kicked-off at The Ability Hub in Calgary.

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Job Opportunity for an Ambassador

Are you a relative of an individual with ASD? Are you energetic, organized, dedicated and professional? Would you like to make a difference? If so, we would like to hear from you! We are currently seeking a part-time individual to fulfill the role of Ambassador.  For more information on the...

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The Ability Hub Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day in Ottawa and Calgary

On March 30 and 31st, 2015, leaders from Canada’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Community met in Ottawa for the first Canadian ASD Leadership Summit. More than 165 individuals attended the summit and heard 28 presentations on the most...

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Update on CommunityWorks Canada Request for Applications

The formal Request for Applications related to the CommunityWorks Canada® project is now closed, and we are pleased to advise that the review process is currently underway. Due to the significant interest in the project, we are using a phased approach to review the proposals by...