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.

#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.

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


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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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