Do you have goals in employment, post-secondary education, or independent living? We want to help you create a plan to achieve them!

The Launch into Life! QuickStart Planning Tool is a resource designed to assist Autistic individuals in creating a personalized plan for success as they transition to adulthood.

You are invited to join this free, virtual workshop series where we will walk through the Launch into Life! QuickStart Planning Tool  in a small group format.

Together, we’ll:

  • break the information down into manageable steps,
  • facilitate connection and rich discussions with peers in similar life phases, and
  • help you take the first steps toward reaching your goals!

This 2-part virtual workshop series is open to Autistic Albertans ages 15+ and those in their support network. The sessions are designed to build on each other, therefore we ask participants to commit to attending both sessions.

We ask that participants take a look at the tool beforehand. You can access the document on our website HERE or in our *NEW* Sinneave Connects learning portal.

 

Registration and the workshop itself will all take place on Sinneave Connects. If you haven’t tried logging in yet, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Create an account and register with the portal. (If you are a return user, simply log in with the user name and password you previously created.)

2. Once logged in, you will be directed to the Event page.

3. Select the session (event) you want and click, Enroll into this session

You will receive a confirmation email sent to the address used at registration

 

Clicking the button below will direct you to the Sinneave Connects learning portal to register for this event.

Register Now!

 

If you have difficulty creating an account or registering for the event, please email info@sinneavefoundation.org for technical support.

Do you have goals in employment, post-secondary education, or independent living? We want to help you create a plan to achieve them!

The Launch into Life! QuickStart Planning Tool is a resource designed to assist Autistic individuals in creating a personalized plan for success as they transition to adulthood.

You are invited to join this free, virtual workshop series where we will walk through the Launch into Life! QuickStart Planning Tool  in a small group format.

Together, we’ll:

  • break the information down into manageable steps,
  • facilitate connection and rich discussions with peers in similar life phases, and
  • help you take the first steps toward reaching your goals!

This 2-part virtual workshop series is open to Autistic Albertans ages 15+ and those in their support network. The sessions are designed to build on each other, therefore we ask participants to commit to attending both sessions.

We ask that participants take a look at the tool beforehand. You can access the document on our website HERE or in our *NEW* Sinneave Connects learning portal.

 

Registration and the workshop itself will all take place on Sinneave Connects. If you haven’t tried logging in yet, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Create an account and register with the portal. (If you are a return user, simply log in with the user name and password you previously created.)

2. Once logged in, you will be directed to the Event page.

3. Select the session (event) you want and click, Enroll into this session

You will receive a confirmation email sent to the address used at registration

 

Clicking the button below will direct you to the Sinneave Connects learning portal to register for this event.

Register Now!

 

If you have difficulty creating an account or registering for the event, please email info@sinneavefoundation.org for technical support.

Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) with us Friday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Atrium at City Hall (800 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB).

This year’s theme is “It’s more than just a roof over our heads. Shelter is a basic human need; accessible housing should be a basic human right.”

This free event features:

  • Speaker, Ron Wickman, an architect specializing in barrier-free design,
  • Musical performance by Calgary’s own Taylor Nile,
  • Community vendors, artists, and networking opportunities, and
  • Multiple giveaways!

We will have a booth at the event and look forward to greeting you in person!

 

More about International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was introduced by the United Nations in 1992 to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements that people with disabilities contribute to our community.

Each year on December we celebrate IDPD to:

  • Promote an understanding of disability issues
  • Mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities
  • Increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life

There is an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, and many face barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society like transportation, employment, education and social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

Raising awareness, promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.

#ExperienceAutism is an innovative, free of charge service that offers a facilitated conversation for employers, post-secondary educators, and landlords interested in learning more about supporting positive interactions with people on the autism spectrum.

Focusing on Six Key Principles for Success, this work is instrumental in helping individuals and organizations develop ally-based actions that create and foster environments where everyone can thrive at:

  • Building relationships
  • Enhancing communication through collaboration
  • Identifying and implementing proactive strategies for inclusion.

These six principles are broadly applicable and beneficial to anyone who wants to create safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces in their places of work.

Virtual #ExperienceAutism Session at The Sinneave Family Foundation

When: Wednesday, November 30th from 2-3:30 p.m. MST

Where: Zoom (the Zoom link will be sent to you in your confirmation email after registering).

If you would like to sign your organization up for your own #ExperienceAutism session please email info@sinneavefoundation.org.

 

#ExperienceAutism is an innovative, free of charge service that offers a facilitated conversation for employers, post-secondary educators, and landlords interested in learning more about supporting positive interactions with people on the autism spectrum.

Focusing on Six Key Principles for Success, this work is instrumental in helping individuals and organizations develop ally-based actions that create and foster environments where everyone can thrive at:

  • Building relationships
  • Enhancing communication through collaboration
  • Identifying and implementing proactive strategies for inclusion.

These six principles are broadly applicable and beneficial to anyone who wants to create safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces in their places of work.

#ExperienceAutism In-person Session at The Sinneave Family Foundation

Wednesday, November 23rd from 1-2:30 p.m. MST at The Sinneave Family Foundation.
We are located in the Child Development Centre at the University of Calgary – 300, 3820-24th Ave NW
Please note: the closest parking is a paid parking lot, however, free parking passes are available by emailing info@sinneavefoundation.org.

A virtual drop-in session is also being offered on Wednesday, November 30th from 2-3:30 p.m. MST on Zoom. Click here if you prefer to register for the virtual session.

If you would like to sign your organization up for your own #ExperienceAutism session please email info@sinneavefoundation.org.

In recognition of National Housing Day, this webinar will highlight lessons learned over the years by The Sinneave Family Foundation’s (Sinneave) housing team.

Sinneave has worked with autistic adults, families, affordable housing providers and support agencies to help many autistic adults find a home of their own. This presentation will share ideas that promote action to enhance housing opportunities and will be relevant for housing providers, support agencies, autistic/neurodivergent adults and their support networks.

About the Presenters

Carolyn Dudley – Knowledge Exchange Facilitator, The Sinneave Family Foundation
Carolyn has worked at Sinneave in research, policy and housing for many years. In her current role, she interviews autistic adults and their families on the process of finding housing, what works, and what doesn’t work. The knowledge gathered over many years and lessons learned will be beneficial to a wide audience.

John Seigner – Housing Specialist, The Sinneave Family Foundation
For over 10 years, John has helped many adults and their families find affordable and supported housing. John will share examples of the lessons learned through working with autistic adults, affordable housing providers, and support agencies.

 

This presentation is offered in partnership with Aide Canada and hosted on their platform.
When you click the Registration button below, you will be redirected to Aide Canada’s website to register

Registration

 

About AIDE Canada

The Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada) is a tool to connect members of our community to the information and resources that they need. They deliver credible, reliable, and evidence-informed resources in an unbiased and accessible way. For more information about AIDE Canada, visit their website by clicking the words, AIDE CANADA.

Whether you are moving out of your parent’s home for the first time, or thinking about a future move, this is a milestone in life!

Based on our “Thinking About Moving Guide,” this workshop will share some of Sinneave’s key learnings about things to think about when planning a move. It is primarily focused on renters of affordable housing who may benefit from light support. However, the concepts and information are relevant to a wide range of individuals including family members, caregivers and support professionals.

Members of Sinneave’s housing team will review practical, easy-to-use tools and checklists and share what we have learned in supporting autistic adults access housing.

Whether you are just starting on your housing journey or you are ready to move now, we invite you to attend this great workshop online via Zoom.

Register now!

 

You can access the Thinking About Moving Guide by clicking the image below:

Thinking About Moving Guide image

 

Introducing an innovative new approach to independent living!

Join us for a presentation by Garden Loft founder John L. Brown as he walks us through the concept behind Garden Loft and how it can work for you.

While the initial concept rose from a need to provide a space for seniors to age-in-place, it quickly became clear that these unique pre-fabricated buildings could offer creative solutions to a variety of situations, like providing housing options for adults who want to live independently, but still require modest support. Garden Loft living affords adults with differing abilities to live on their own with as much independence as they can safely manage.

Enhancing the functionality of your existing home by providing the additional space you and your family need, the interiors can be easily adapted to new uses as your situation changes. They feature open plan spaces, lots of natural light, and comfortable finishes that look great and function efficiently. Add to that a garden setting right outside the front door and Garden Loft provides the perfect balance of convenience and privacy. Garden Lofts are prefabricated in Calgary and can be delivered to residential lots throughout Alberta.

For more information about Garden Loft, visit their website

 

RSVP above to receive the Zoom link for the presentation.

 


 

A little bit about John Brown, PhD, Architect

John Brown is Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. He is an award-winning architect and a founding Principal of the architectural firm Housebrand, a Calgary-based residential design practice that has designed and built over 250 homes since 1997.  John is a recognized authority on residential design and aging-in-community, having completed a PhD through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia developed new and more relevant senior’s housing options. This research led to the development of Garden Loft, a prefabricated backyard living unit with adaptive physical support systems that enable seniors and other with differing abilities to live independently within a family context. Along with his two partners, John launched a company began offering Garden Lofts across Alberta in Summer 2021.

 

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This event has now passed but you can view a recording of the presentation here on the AIDE Canada website.


Join us for the online presentation and live Q&A!

This presentation was made available FREE and ONLINE via AIDE Canada’s website.

In recognition of National Housing Day, this session brings together a panel who will share perspectives, key activities and lessons learned from the Legacy on 5th affordable housing project in Calgary. Autistic adults and their support persons also offer their thoughts on the impact of this project. The goal of the session is to share knowledge with other regions to improve access to affordable housing for autistic Canadians.

Presenters:

  • Amy Tatterton – Director of Learning and Connection, The Sinneave Family Foundation
  • John Seigner – Housing Specialist, The Sinneave Family Foundation
  • Anmol Hajraw – Adult Support Worker, Autism Calgary
  • Brittany Morrison – Adult Program Coordinator, Autism Aspergers Friendship Society
  • Emily Campbell – Communications Advisor, HomeSpace Society

This presentation can be accessed free and online via AIDE Canada’s website.

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