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January 2019

Launch into Life! Workshops – Jan 29th, Feb 5th, and Feb 12th, 2019

$75

This workshop is a three part series: Tuesdays, January 29th, February 5th, and February 12th, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize the potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life. The Launch Program at the Ability Hub was developed to help families prepare for…

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February 2019

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen And What To Do About It

Free

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they “know better”? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a) the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b) how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c) a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop is aimed at all developmental levels and will be useful for family, as well as professionals. Presenter…

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March 2019

Excel Campus Prep Information Session for Students and Parents

Free

Please note: Students who wish to apply must attend in person (parents are also welcome to attend).   Excel Campus Prep is a is a five-day summer course for individuals with autism who are planning to enroll in a post-secondary program after graduating from high school. Post-secondary programs can include degree, diploma, certificate, vocational or other training programs. Please see the below poster for more information.

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Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis?

Free

Overview: This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females.  If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources. Speakers: Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief…

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April 2019

What Now? …Navigating Life After High School

Free

Workshop Overview: This presentation will provide an overview of options for your teenager after high school, namely more school (post-secondary education or training),  employment or a gap year(s).  Typically a gap year after high school for young adults with autism means sleeping late, gaming more and losing skills and confidence.  Some autistic individuals are not quite ready for the rigors of university, college or work and need support to build readiness skills before taking that next step.  This workshop will provide…

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May 2019

I’m So Stressed! Understanding and Managing Anxiety and Mental Health Issues

Free

Speaker: Allan Donsky M.D.,FRCPC Psychiatry, FRCPC Paediatrics Dr. Donsky is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal University. He has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for 23 years, and was formerly a Pediatrician He is consultant Psychiatrist with the Healthy Minds/Healthy Children (HMHC) program in Calgary. He is a core committee Member of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and…

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June 2019

Getting Off the Couch! Inspiring a Healthier Lifestyle

Free

This workshop will discuss the physical, mental health and social benefits of being active.  For many people on the autism spectrum, getting to the gym or just having an active lifestyle can be challenging.  Strategies for increasing recreational opportunities will be shared as well as how to build a social network for engaging in community and physical activities. Speaker: Mike Barrett, MC, R.Psych, is a Registered Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Calgary. He has…

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July 2019

Excel Campus Prep – July 15 – July 19

Are you in high school and considering enrolling in a post-secondary program when you graduate? Did you take a gap-period after graduation and are now thinking about continuing your studies? We invite you to check out this summer course opportunity to start you on your path to success! Click here to apply. Or click on the poster below for more information.

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Excel Campus Prep – July 29 – August 2

Are you in high school and considering enrolling in a post-secondary program when you graduate? Did you take a gap-period after graduation and are now thinking about continuing your studies? We invite you to check out this summer course opportunity to start you on your path to success! Click here to apply. Or click on the poster below for more information.

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August 2019

Excel Campus Prep – August 12th – 16th REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thank you for your interest in this program, however, the registration is full and we are no longer accepting applications.

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