About the Committee
A roundtable discussion in Calgary in June 2012 led to the development of a province-wide committee on Supported Community Living for adolescents (emerging to adulthood) and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The committee meets quarterly, has sponsored roundtables in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Lethbridge, and currently includes representatives from Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.
In May 2014, a Calgary-based group of parents formed the Aspires Housing Committee of Calgary (Aspires Calgary) to focus on the identification and development of local family-driven solutions. Two efforts are currently very active:
- The Adult Independent Residence (AIR) project which targets individuals with ASD who need a small amount of support for independent living and who do not receive funding from Alberta Human Services Disability Services.
- The Family Managed Community Home project for adults with ASD who require 24/7 in-home support.
The Sinneave Family Foundation (SFF) currently provides some support to the committees through John Seigner, parent Ambassador and Resource Centre Manager at The Ability Hub. He and the provincial Supported Community Living committee co-chairs have met with several housing, property management and development agencies across Canada to become familiar with a variety of options. SFF also enables the sharing of what’s been learned and has provided summaries of the different supported community living options/models and related information.