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April 2017

Reconnect Recreation Community Fair

We are excited to be hosting representatives from a variety of organizations who provide recreation and leisure opportunities in the Calgary Community. All adolescents and adults with autism, their families and caregivers are invited to join us in a welcoming atmosphere to find out what programs and activities might be of interest to you, and connect with other families to share your knowledge of what’s available.

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May 2017

Understanding & Responding To Anxiety in the ASD Population Workshop

Free

This presentation will address the common topic of anxiety and how it arises in our brains, mind and heart. We will learn that anxiety does a good job of pretending to be our friend, when in reality it just robs us of the very things we are looking for. We will use a simple Mindfulness process to look at daily worries ( friends, academics, transition to adulthood ) and how to ensure that anxiety does not get in the way…

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June 2017

Gender Creativity and Autism Workshop

Free

This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children and transgender youth who are also on the autism spectrum. Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families…

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Ernie Els #GameOn Autism Golf Training Workshop

Megan Edgley and Dr. Kerri Morse, Recreation Services Coordinator and  Adult Services Coordinator at the Els for Autism Foundation will host a training day on Saturday, June 17th from 10am - 3:30pm for teachers, golf instructors, parents, and professionals on the connection between Autism and golf. Participants and volunteers for the upcoming Els Tournament at the Glencoe on June 19th are also encouraged to attend this training day. The Training Day will be hosted at The Ability Hub (#300, 3820…

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Strategies For Parent Involvement in Your Child’s Job Search Workshop

This workshop is being presented by Ready Willing & Able, here at The Ability Hub. Come and learn strategies to help your son/daughter succeed in finding a job. Topics discussed will be: Information/points to ponder regarding employment Addressing disclosure  How to breakdown employment barriers  Your changing role  Ready, Willing and Able  Anxiety And more. Free parking will be available the evening of this event in Lot 54. Workshop Speakers: Keelin Mckiernan completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Mount Royal University in…

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September 2017

Changing Roles: Successful Strategies for Promoting Independence for Individuals with Autism in the Transition to Adulthood Workshop

Free

We will share strategies to help your son or daughter navigate the transition to adulthood including post-secondary school/training and employment. Topics discussed will include: Post-secondary/Vocational Training/Employment programs Addressing disclosure Breaking down potential barriers, including anxiety The parents’ changing role Promoting independence in your son or daughter Ready, Willing and Able Community resources And more……. This workshop is the first of a 2 part series which is presented in Partnership with the Community Education Service (CES) of the Child & Adolescent…

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Please get my Child off the Couch: Successful Strategies for Promoting Independence and Self-Advocacy within Individuals with Autism Workshop

Free

We will share strategies to increase your son or daughter’s motivation to become independent in all aspects of life including daily living, post-secondary school or training, and employment. Topics discussed will include: Independence Self advocacy The parents’ changing role Using reinforcement to increase motivation Community resources And more……. This workshop is the second of a 2 part series which is presented in Partnership with the Community Education Service (CES) of the Child & Adolescent Addiction,Mental Health & Psychiatry Program (CAAMHPP)…

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October 2017

Disability Tax Credit And RDSP Workshop

Free

*  Please note: In Person attendance for this workshop is currently full; However, this workshop will still be available online through CES, and you may visit their website http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=online to register. The RDSP is a program for those that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and are under the age of 60.  There is up to $70,000 in grants and $20,000 in bonds that can be collected until their 49th year.  Come get all your questions answered about the Disability Tax…

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November 2017

Life after High School:  What’s possible? What’s practical?

Free

**Please Note: In person attendance for this event is now full. However, if you would like to participate via Webinar (provided through Community Education Service), please see the below link for more information** CES Webinar Registration Graduating from high school is a major milestone and an opportunity for young people and their parents to celebrate this achievement. For some families it can also be a scary time, as thoughts turn to "what's next?"  Many young adults want to get a…

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December 2017

Transitioning to Adulthood

Free

A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs Learn the simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including: PDD-Persons with Developmental Disabilities AISH-Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped OPG-Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship) Transition Planning   Workshop Speaker Lorna Selig is the Transition Consultant at The Children’s Link Society.  She supports families to complete the documentation that is required for youth to move into the adult services system. …

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