I walked into Autism Alberta's Annual General Meeting feeling lower than low, discouraged; my bucket was empty. Three children, 17 loads of laundry, a van covered in Rice Krispies, and having only 24 hours to prepare for a mini-lake vacation will do that to you. Five hours is a great deal of time for anyone to dedicate and commit to a meeting, but wow, what a five hours it was. Everyone there had their own 17 loads of laundry and cereal covered minivan waiting for them, but they volunteered their time, showed up, and shared! I walked away from the AGM feeling completely inspired by the twenty people from across Alberta who were in attendance at the table and over the phone.
Autism Alberta’s Annual General Meeting
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
GH Dawe Centre
56 Holt St
Red Deer, Alberta
RSVP to email@example.com
by 4:00 PM, Thursday, August 24, 2017
By Kirsti Mardell
There are not enough words describe how much it means to me, and to my community, to receive The Autism Ambassador Grant.I was born and raised in Fort McMurray. My son was diagnosed with autism at two years old in 2012. We joined the only Autism Support Group we knew of in our area, and until recently things remained pretty much the same in our local autism community.
That all changed last year when our community faced an evacuation. Our families were able to experience supports and services available in other areas, and it was an eye-opener. After the evacuation our group got smaller, and since then we have been trying to bring our autism community back together.
Receiving the ambassador grant means we have been able to connect with families in our region we never knew before. We have been able to provide parent-to-parent support. We have been there for families in crisis. When they had nowhere else to turn, they called us.
Before this grant we were just a bunch of parents who would randomly meet to talk at a friend’s house. Now, with this grant, we are able to reach out and connect people throughout our whole region. We are bridging the gap so people don’t have to feel so isolated and alone.
I said it before: words cannot describe how much this Autism Speaks Canada Grant means to our community. Thank you.
Autism Ambassador of the RMWB
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The administrators of this website hereby acknowledge the Family Services Community Grant received from Autism Speaks Canada, the funding agency for the project leading to this publication. The views expressed on this site do not necessarily express or reflect the views of Autism Speaks Canada.
- 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 answered yes to these questions, then you might just have what it takes!
Please send a completed application form and resume firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1st, 2017.
For more information, please visit: www.meticulon.com/apply-now
Download the PDF flyer.
— The Ability Hub Team
What happens to adults with ASD once their parents or guardians are no longer able to support them or are deceased? Last year, Autism Society Alberta tried to help answer this question by launching the project ‘Who Will Take Care Of Our Kids (When We No Longer Can)?’
Now, after several months of research, Autism Society Alberta is releasing the results of the study. You can find the full report here (PDF format).
Autism Research Centre (ARC) Presents
Practical Tips for Living Successfully on the Autism Spectrum
Join us at our upcoming FREE information session!
Date: Friday, July
Time: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Robbins Learning Center Theatre
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Cost: Covered by donations from the ARC
- Featuring interesting guest speakers
- A chance to network with other families
- Meet our team and hear about our research findings
1. Dealing with Problematic Behaviors
- Restricted & repetitive behaviors
- Picky eating
- When to consider medications
2. Education & Employment for Adults
- Employer capacity
- Worktopia Project
- University supports
Please note these presentations are intended for parents, and we are not able to offer childcare. We look forward to seeing you there!
To facilitate organization and planning, please RSVP by June 30th, 2017 to Erin Kapler at email@example.com or 780-735-6106 ext. 1