In May, 2014, a Calgary-based group of parents formed the Aspires Housing Group of Calgary (Aspires Calgary or Aspires) to focus on the identification and development of local family-driven housing solutions covering a variety of support needs for their adult children with autism. While autism is the focus of most members of the group, Aspires will be inclusive of other disabilities that require similar support.
The Aspires Housing Group provides families with mutual support and opportunities to network while working to develop family-driven housing solutions.
Aspires Calgary’s informal co-chairs are Bonnie Kaplan and Richard Conte. Business meetings for parents are typically the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at The Ability Hub (300, 3820 – 24 Avenue NW). Guest speakers often join the meetings to present on topics related to housing and independent living. Aspires Calgary also coordinates occasional social events for members. The group currently has about 85 families on their roster, including individuals with autism whose needs range from homes that provide 24/7 care, to those who need a small amount of support for independent living and who do not receive funding from Alberta Human Services Disability Services.
Note: In 2016, a similar Aspires Edmonton group formed. Further information about their meetings and activities please contact Brooke Pinsky at Autism Edmonton by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-780-453-3971