Dates: March, 2, 9, 16, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Location: Online

 

Series overview:

Join Dr. Shane Lynch, Amy Tatterton and Jodi Taylor for a 3-part learning series geared specifically for educators, education assistants, learning coaches, or anyone who works with students on the autism spectrum.

Through all three sessions, attendees will gain a better understanding of autism and neurodiversity through a strengths-based lens, focusing on developing realistic and attainable strategies to best support their students; learn about conditions that accompany autism and their effects in the classroom environment; and spotlight the incredible potential these students have when they are in learning environments that support their engagement.

By fostering educational settings that highlight ability over deficits, we know autistic and neurodiverse students can thrive as they transition to adulthood. We invite you to come ready to participate in rich discussion and Q & A.

There is no cost for this series, which will take place Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. online. Registration for each session is individual, but we strongly recommend you participate in all three for the most comprehensive learning experience.

This event is being offered in partnership with Calgary Regional Consortium (CRC) and clicking the registration button below will connect you to their website.

This button will allow you to register for the entire series. If you want to attend individual sessions only, please continue reading the session descriptions below.

 

Register for all three sessions

 

March 2nd – Session One: Autism in the Classroom

Session attendees will gain a better understanding of autism and neurodiversity through a progressive, strengths-based lens. We will tackle some common myths about autism and discuss how autism and neurodiversity can show up in an educational environments like the classroom. This information will then guide us into discussing some key realistic and attainable strategies that can be used to best support these students. Attendees are encouraged to come ready to participate in rich discussion and Q&A.

To register for Part One only, click here

 

March 9th – Session Two: The Iceberg of Autism and Neurodiversity

Did you know that autistic individuals have a higher prevalence of co-occurring medical conditions than their neurotypical peers? Session attendees will strengthen their existing knowledge of autistic and neurodiverse populations by learning about conditions that can accompany autism and their effect in the classroom environment. This information will then guide us into a discussion about the line between teaching and treatment. Attendees are encouraged to come ready to participate in rich discussion and Q&A.

Recommended (not mandatory) pre-requisite: Session One: Autism in the Classroom

To register for Part Two only, click here

 

March 16th – Session Three: Autism: Spotlight on Potential

In the final session of the autism learning series for educators, we put the spotlight on the incredible potential of autistic and neurodiverse students when they are in learning environments that support their engagement and readiness for learning. By fostering an educational setting that highlights ability over deficit, autistic and neurodiverse students can thrive and go on to realize their full potential as they transition to adulthood. Attendees are encouraged to come ready to participate in rich discussion and Q&A.

Recommended (not mandatory) pre-requisite: Session One: Autism in the Classroom & Session Two: The Iceberg of Autism and Neurodiversity

To register for Part Three only, click here

 

Workshop: Thriving and Autism: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Success

 

Date:

February 10th, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM

This workshop will be made available FREE and ONLINE via CES.

 

Ticket Price: Free

 

Workshop Description: 

We all have an intuitive notion of what it means to live well, or what it means to thrive, or what human flourishing looks like. But figuring out what thriving looks like for us personally is a really hard question to answer. If you are autistic, that question might be even harder to figure out. This is often because even well-intentioned advice and strategies were developed by non-autistic researchers and tested with non-autistic participants and thus are not always helpful. In this workshop, Dr. Brown will present findings from research conducted primarily by autistic researchers themselves, in which they examined the constructs of wellbeing and quality of life for autistic individuals. By drawing on the lessons from the neurodiversity movement and personal experience, she will also present tips, tools, and strategies for learning to Thrive. The importance of (a) presumed competence and autonomy; (b) sparks, flow, and special interests; and (c) positive identity, belonging, and connection will specifically be considered.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Heather M. Brown was originally trained as an elementary school teacher, but she is now an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She is also an autistic professional who studies autism. Her AIDAN lab aims to uncover strategies to support the academic achievement and overall well-being of autistic children, youth and adults. By doing so, her research is poised to empower autistic individuals to be more self-confident in their neurodiversity and to develop a better understanding of the factors that most support their well-being at home, work and school.

View the poster for more information or register below.

 

Register

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.

This event has passed. Click here to access the recording.


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

 

Workshop Description: 

In this presentation, participants will learn about the foundational steps to seek, secure, and maintain employment. Beginning with pre-employment skills such as exploring interests, resume writing, and job searching, through to interview skills and other self-advocacy skills (e.g., seeking supports, disclosure), participants will learn about a variety of strategies to help autistic individuals be successful in the workforce.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Shane Lynch (Special Education) is a Registered Psychologist and the Director of Innovation and Evaluation for The Sinneave Family Foundation. He is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the programs and services offered to the community. Prior to coming to Sinneave, Shane was in clinical practice for over 20 years serving individuals, families, schools, and agencies as they supported individuals on the autism spectrum.

Ian Humphreys is a Skills Coach in the Launch + Skills, program at The Sinneave Family Foundation. He is also the Coordinator of EmploymentWorks; a program designed to raise employment preparedness through training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on experience. Prior to joining The Sinneave Family Foundation, Ian became experienced in employer engagement and collaboration through his work as an Employment Placement Specialist and his time as a member of the Calgary Employment First Network.

This workshop was made available free online via AIDE Canada’s website.

 

Promoting Self-Determination in Everyday Life: Practical Strategies

This event has passed.


Presented by: Jackie Ryan, MA, CPA, CMA

PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Sciences

Self-determination refers to the ability to be in charge of your own life. It can include choosing what to eat for breakfast, choosing your leisure activities, or choosing where to live among many other choices we make every day. However, research shows that autistic people are less self-determined than their peers.  This workshop will provide a brief overview of self-determination theory and factors that support its development. Participants will leave with practical strategies to embed into daily routines that will enhance self-determination for autistic teens and young adults.

This workshop was made available free online via CES Webinar.

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