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Social Solvers Play Date Program

Organizing playdates can be stressful – especially when your child struggles with understanding social rules and norms. The Social Solvers Play Date Program is designed for children on the autism spectrum and their parents! By matching children based on their common interests and social challenges and providing parents with support and guidance when it comes to planning a successful play date, the Play Date Program provides a unique opportunity for parents to connect and for children to improve their social competence in a low-stress environment.

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Moving Forward

Deborah Barrett, President, Autism Society Alberta
Autism Alberta has grown significantly over the past three years. We now boast over 700 members from all over the province. But more than that, Autism Alberta has developed a strong sense of direction for the year ahead. Here’s what we hope to see as we move forward this year:

Who Will Take Care of Our Kids?

Autism Alberta has approved this project, which will begin this fall. The ultimate goal is to make sure there is a framework and supports to ensure our children’s quality of life when we are no longer able to care for them, which appears to be a worry for so many families. The first stage of this project will be to research existing supports, or lack thereof, both in Alberta and within other jurisdictions. This will give Autism Alberta the necessary research base to move forward.

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Canada Disability Savings Program Newsletter – June 2016 Issue

In this issue:

  • Plan Uptake
  • Message from James van Raalte, Director General, Office for Disability Issues
  • Family Income Threshold for the Bond and Grant
  • Showcasing the RDSP at the National Women’s Show in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mail-outs to promote the RDSP
  • Help us Promote the RDSP
  • Prosper Canada
  • Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Final Word

Plan Uptake

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) provides government contributions in the form of bonds to beneficiaries with low to modest family income, regardless of whether or not they contribute financially to their plan. It also provides grants based on matching contributions from private sources. In 2015-16, the value of bonds and grants paid into RDSPs by the government totaled respectively $170M and $287M.

As of December 31, 2015, there were more than 123,000 plans registered. This is an increase of over 24,000 plans from last year. Currently, 22.1% of individuals 0 to 49 years of age who are eligible to open a plan have done so. Through different RDSP awareness initiatives, ODI will continue to reach out to those eligible Canadians who have not yet opened a plan.

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Goals: ASA was started over 20 years ago with the goals of:
  • Improving the lives of children and adults with ASD;
  • Providing mutual support amongst families and individuals directly affected by ASD;
  • Creating safety and quality of life for people with ASD and their families in Alberta;
  • Creating a welcoming province that values the participation of people with ASD in all areas of life;
  • Recognizing the worth of every person with ASD and their contribution to society.

Who We Are: Autism Society Alberta (ASA) is a registered society in Alberta and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. It is a network and collaboration amongst autism groups comprising parents of children and adults with ASD, family members, individuals with ASD, and caring community citizens. We also have a representative on the Board of Autism Society Canada to collaborate on national issues. Presently four groups are members of Autism Society Alberta:

  • Autism Calgary Association (ACA)
  • Autism Society of Central Alberta (ASCA), based in Red Deer
  • Autism Society of Edmonton and Area (ASEA)
  • Chinook Autism Society (CAS), based in Lethbridge

Accomplishments: ASA has had representatives on provincial Advisory Boards to different Government Ministries. ASA has sponsored Autism Awareness presentations in some communities during October, Canada’s Autism Awareness Month. ASA has contributed to the development of resource materials for families, such as handouts on community resources and books on issues affecting those with ASD .

Who to Contact: Contact the ASA group closest to where you live or where you are planning to live, for information, resources, and support in Alberta. For example, if you live in Northern Alberta, contact ASEA; Southern Alberta – contact CAS, etc. Please refer to "Regional Chapters" on the left hand side.

For information and assistance with your local support group, or to join ASA please feel free to contact us at 1-877-777-7192
or email president@autismalberta.ca