The Ability Hub is host to a number of activities that provide adolescents and adults with autism a place to try out emerging promising-practice programs in the areas of post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living. These programs are evaluated for impact and alignment with Sinneave’s strategic priorities and then shared with the broader community. The activities are continuously evolving based on feedback from participants, families, the community, and systems-level stakeholders.
The Resource Centre at The Ability Hub ensures that families, individuals, caregivers, and professionals have access to credible autism-related information and resource navigation across the lifespan.
The Launch program guides the journey from adolescence to adulthood by helping families prepare for and respond to key life transitions.
Worktopia: A federally funded project designed to improve the employment futures of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Pursuits: Developing independent living and job readiness skills.
Recruits: Putting learned skills into practice through job-related experiences.
Meticulon: An IT consulting firm providing assessment and training for software testing and quality assurance contracts.
Spectrum Advantage: Supporting individuals in finding and retaining employment.
Beast-Mode Fitness: A model designed to promote interest in developing mobility, flexibility, strength training, cardio conditioning, teamwork, and social skills related to gym etiquette among young adults with autism.
MindBalance for ASD: A new 8-week treatment program that builds on proven interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), HeartMath® and Facing Your Fears.
Janus Adult Day Program: A sustainable model for a high quality community adult day program.
Chess and Board Games Club: A volunteer-run club that provides a great opportunity for youth to socialize with others who share a common interest in chess and/or board games.
MagAAFSzine: A magazine that gives a voice to, is created and driven by, and introduces members of the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary. http://www.aafscalgary.com/magaafszine
Everything Media Art: An annual 8-week program focusing on photography, videography/film-making, virtual reality, and animation technology.
PEERS Social Skills: Adolescents and Young Adults learn skills to develop and maintain social relationships.
Stepping Out!: A recreation program for people with ASD with a focus on fitness.
We encourage feedback from parents and participants that helps us to know if we’re on the right track in enabling programs that are making a difference. Their testimonies reflect the positive impact that activities at The Ability Hub are having on their lives:
“Not once did I get the sense that the staff saw the program as a job; rather, they seemed to feel it was a privilege to spend time with my daughter.”
“STA staff was successful in setting limits for our daughter without alienating her. She felt positive about staff, program, and her success.”