The Sinneave Family Foundation
The Sinneave Family Foundation (Sinneave) is a registered charitable organization formed in 2008 to address the challenges experienced by individuals and families impacted by autism. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Sinneave operates out of The Ability Hub on The University of Calgary Campus. The Ability Hub was one of Sinneave’s first initiatives and is a true hub of innovation and collaboration that connects us with our local community.
Through our first decade of operation, we supported a variety of activities to learn where we could maximize our reach and impact. Our learning in that time has informed our way forward.
Since the 1990’s, when a large number of children were diagnosed with autism, a significant focus on early diagnosis and intervention has emerged and benefited many young children. However, that wave of children are now becoming adolescents and adults with autism who have lifelong changing needs.
Sinneave’s vision is that individuals with autism are supported in the transition to adulthood and realizing their highest quality of life. We are committed to providing transition planning, information, and resource navigation for the entire lifespan through our Resource Centre and to focusing our enabling activities on enhancing transition support for emerging adults with autism.
Our core purpose is to build system capacity and foster policy development within the areas of post-secondary education, employment, and independent living by targeting our energy and resources to share promising practices.
We aim to be collaborative, respectful, innovative, and accountable in our work with partners and across our networks, promoting confidence in Sinneave as an ethical, credible, and trusted advisor and facilitator in the field of autism.
Sinneave’s Four Strategic Priorities are:
- Transition Planning, Information and Navigation
- Skill Development
- Partnerships and Networks
- Knowledge Exchange