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CommunityWorks Canada

The current session of CommunityWorks Canada is well underway and has already completed job tasks at four unique work sites. Examples of tasks...

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Aspires Family Group Pub and Bowling Event

On February 1st, a few Aspires* families braved the snow and cold to bowl at 'The National on 10th.' It just happened to also be SuperBowl Sunday!  Bowling, friends, food and football turned this into a fun evening. Even the non-football fans kept tabs on the game and.....who could miss Lady...

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Understanding FSCD and PDD Funding

The Resource Centre and Launch staff were pleased to welcome a key staff member from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to The Ability Hub who provided an in-service update on Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)...

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CommunityWorks Canada - Pre-employment Training Program

CommunityWorks Canada® is an after-school pre-employment training program for teens and young adults ages 15-21 with ASD that provides...

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Fulfilling Lives at Work

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Canadian ASD Vocational Meeting, in partnership with the CASDA Leadership Summit.

This meeting will be held on Monday, April 3 from 1-5 pm...

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Ready Willing and Able Newsletter

If you are interesting in working, but have not yet had success in finding a job, we would love to hear from you! Ready, Willing...

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Let's get rested! ASD and Sleep

If humans do not get enough restful sleep our daytime functioning is impaired - comparable to being intoxicated! With the...

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Free Tax Clinic Eligibility

It’s that time of year to be thinking about filing our tax returns for 2016, and the deadline for most citizens to file a personal return with...

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EvidenceNetwork.ca: Accomplishments and Opportunities

The Sinneave Family Foundation, in partnership with the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and Alberta...

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Arthur Fleischmann: Book Signing and Keynote Speaker, Feb 26, 2017

The Calgary Jewish Federation is hosting a book signing by Arthur Fleischmann, author of Carly's Voice - Breaking Through Autism on Feb 26 at 2pm. For more information and to register for this event, visit...

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2017 Autism Leadership Summit - Call for Posters

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to share or discuss with other Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS) attendees? Why not present your work in the CALS Poster Sessions?

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Save the Date - Autism Leadership Summit, April 4-5 2017

CASDA invites leaders from across the country to be a part of this important event, and become an integral part of the national discussion with CASDA members.

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Autism Summit Part 2: Services & Treatment

Autism Summit Part 2: Services & Treatment took place on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital with support from the Calgary Section of Community Pediatrics and the Sinneave Family Foundation.  It was attended by professionals, agencies, and service providers who are...

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Aspires Housing Committee - Bowling Night

On October 23, families from the Aspires Housing Committee gathered at The National for an evening of bowling and socializing.

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Thank You for Joining our DEAM Team!

In 2016, the Calgary Employment First Network (CEFN) has played a central role in working with community partners/businesses to host a variety of events to promote awareness of the benefits of having a diverse work force. During the month of October, the following events were held to recognize...

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Meticulon is Looking for a Consultant

  • Are you on the Autism Spectrum?
  • Are you 18 or older?
  • Do you have experience or interest in working with computers and/or knowledge of software applications
  • Are you fluent in English?
  • Are you a self-driven, motivated individual?

If you...

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Glenrose Spotlight on Research Breakfast

Dr. Carol Schall is the Co-Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence, the Director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center, and the Principal Investigator in the development of the Community Based Functional Skills Assessment for Transition Aged Youth with...

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Society for Treatment of Autism’s Next Pursuits Sessions Now Open!

Starting November 1, Skills for Life and Work Skills Exploration sessions will begin!  The program schedule can be viewed at www.autism.ca.  We are still accepting new applicants for these seven week programs; please contact Treena Gower Foster at...

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Beast Mode Experience October 2016

Beast Mode is more than a program, it is an experience! There is a wealth of research that suggests that individuals gain substantial health benefits from...

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It’s BACK TO WORK for the EmploymentWorks Canada and CommunityWorks Canada® Teams!

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)

Did you know that during the month of October, business organizations, employers, and communities across Canada come together to promote and celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)?  It is well established that a diverse workforce is a more effective workforce. In our community,...

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It’s time to get BACK TO WORK for the EmploymentWorks Canada Team!

It’s hard to believe that summer has ended and September is already fast upon us. While we’ve heard many fantastic stories about individuals going camping, vacationing in far off exotic places, and in one case, skydiving during a rainstorm, the EmploymentWorks Canada team have also been...

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Confidence Building Program Leads to Full-Time Employment

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Help shape the National Housing Strategy

The Government of Canada believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.

Achieving good housing outcomes for Canadians requires collaboration among many partners. Provinces and territories play an important role in housing. The...

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Share Your Thoughts on Research in Neuro-Developmental Disability

What do researchers need to know about living with autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities?  What should research in this area look like?

Your view...

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Vote for Meticulon in the Calgary Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Awards!

Meticulon has been nominated for another award with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. 

To be recognized amongst exceptional small Calgary businesses is no easy feat - but it goes to show just how much the ASD population can do with the right tools and supports. From businesses like...

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A Message from TEDxYorkU

If you were unable to attend or if you were there to enjoy #TEDxYorkUSpectrum in Toronto on May 28, 2016, here's your chance to revisit and share those ideas!

10 videos, 10 speakers, 1 half day TEDx event dedicated to youth and adult concerns in autism.

Click on the link below to...

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Aspires Housing Committee of Calgary

Although there are no Aspires business meetings over the summer the committee did have a social get together at Moose McGuires on July 27th. There were about 20...

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Autism Alberta's Annual General Meeting – August 20, 2016

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Board Room GH Dawe Centre 56 Holt St Red Deer,...

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Share Your Thoughts on Research in Autism

What do you need from researchers?  What should research in autism and other areas of neurodiversity look like?  YOUR VIEW COUNTS!

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Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) Membership

The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA), with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, is embarking on a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to canvass input into the development of a Canadian Autism Partnership (CAP) model that supports collective leadership in...

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Developing Employment Futures for Teens and Young Adults with ASD

The CommunityWorks Canada® (CWC) program at The Ability Hub recently wrapped up its Spring program cycle, and we had the very good fortune of working with an incredible group of volunteers, peer mentors and community partners. Together, we tackled various jobs including the creation of...

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Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

Since its inception, the EmploymentWorks Canada® (EWC) program has provided pre-employment training...

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2016 Els for Autism Golf Tournament Gives Everyone Reason to Cheer

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A heart warming video featuring Father and Son Mike & Jaden Lake

In March 2016, Mike and Jaden Lake had the opportunity to speak to 15,000 students at an event in Saskatchewan. Their father-son message was a powerful one, about how we define 'normal', and the importance of including a diverse range of people in each of our 'normal' lives.

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Intakes for the fall session are now open for CommunityWorks Canada

CommunityWorks Canada is an after-school pre-employment training program for teens and young adults ages 15-21 with ASD that provides opportunities to gain valuable work experience, build social skills and make new friends. 

Intakes are now open for our fall session running: September...

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Building Momentum - Discussions about Social Enterprise

Interest, excitement, and momentum are growing in discussions about social enterprise and self-employment for individuals with autism. We invite you to join us for more great idea generation and information sharing at our next meeting on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00, at The...

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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:

  • Skills for Life – brush up on caring for yourself and your home!!
  • Employment Preparation – all the...
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Canadian Autism Leadership Summit - Event Highlights

The Second Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit took place on April 18th and 19th in Ottawa, Ontario. Over 170 leaders in Canada’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community attended this year’s Summit.

The Summit was opened by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, and the...

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Participate in a Research: Understanding Social Support

This study seeks to learn more about the social support received by parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Parents of individuals with ASD often experience challenges in parenting their children, and it is important to explore the supports that may help reduce feelings of...

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Watch the Employment First Webcast Series

The latest Alberta's Employment First Strategy webcast, titled: Youth Employment: Part 2, is part of an ongoing series of Learning Webcasts for Employment of Persons with Disabilities.

Watch the ...

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Registration is Open for the 2016 Canadian ASD Leadership Summit

Registration is now open for the upcoming Canadian ASD Leadership Summit in Ottawa on April 18-19, 2016. This summit represents an opportunity for ASD...

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New Facebook group for parents with ASD teens and young adults

Are you interested in connecting with other families who have children approaching adulthood?  Are you looking for a place to connect and share ideas with other parents or caregivers?

Check us out on Facebook, search for: "Launch into Life - Autism YYC" 

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PEERS has taken flight!

Since 2013, The Sinneave Family Foundation has collaborated with the Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training group at the University of Calgary (ASERT) to offer PEERS®  (Program for the...

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New Job Coaching in Disability Course Planned at NorQuest College

We are excited to share the news of a new course, Introduction to Job Coaching in Disability, which is planned to be piloted at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. The Sinneave Family Foundation was pleased to participate...

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Looking to Explore Work Skills? You need to check out Worktopia!

Worktopia is a federally funded project offering programs focused on improving the employment futures of youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Meticulon is Looking for Consultants

  • Are you on the Autism Spectrum?
  • Are you 18 and older?
  • Do you have experience or interest in working with computers and/or knowledge of software applications?
  • Are you fluent in English?
  • Are you a self-driven, motivated individual?

If you...

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Canadian Autism Leadership Conference - April 18 -19, 2016

CASDA invites leaders from across the country to be a part of this important event, and become an integral part of the national discussion with CASDA members.

Come and learn about the Canadian Autism Partnership and gain an understanding of the National Autism Surveillance System. 

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CommunityWorks Canada Update

The CommunityWorks Canada program is enjoying another great session this fall. Participants have been involved in a variety of community service experiences, going everywhere from the Zoo to the Library, to therapy centres and beyond. CommunityWorks Canada helps teens start to...