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Premier’s Council Awards – Now Accepting Nominations for 2017

We are now accepting nominations for 2017.

Do you know someone whose achievements and leadership contribute to a better life for people with disabilities? If so, consider nominating them for a Premier’s Council Award. Learn more about the awards and access an awards nomination form.

These awards recognize Albertans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive changes that create inclusive, barrier-free communities where persons with disabilities can fully participate. The awards are: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award, the Marlin Styner Achievement Award and Awards of Excellence in Education, Employment, Community and Public Awareness.

Who Will Take Care of Our Kids (When We No Longer Can) – Part 5

In this month’s installment of Who Will Take Care of Our Kids, we look at the gaps that exist in services for adults with autism.

There is no surprise that many gaps still exist in available supports. It was frequently noted that families are not planning ahead, and that the system lacks capacity to manage growing needs and increasing numbers. Less well known is the fact that individuals may face yet another support cliff when they move into seniors’ services, where financial benefits, aging health issues and housing models may change. The need for mentorship opportunities for both families and individuals, promoting a high-quality, trained workforce, the lack of public awareness and fragmented systems were also noted.
Lack of Planning
The main gap noted by stakeholders was that many parents do not plan ahead until a crisis occurs. Most parents are so focused on day-to-day survival they tend not to plan for the future. The daily stress of caring for their loved one makes it very difficult to take the time to search, plan and coordinate for future needs, and it can be difficult for parents to even think about a time when they are not going to be around. This overwhelming task is often put aside for another day that may never come.
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Goals: ASA was started over 20 years ago with the goals of:
  • Improving the lives of children and adults with ASD;
  • Providing mutual support amongst families and individuals directly affected by ASD;
  • Creating safety and quality of life for people with ASD and their families in Alberta;
  • Creating a welcoming province that values the participation of people with ASD in all areas of life;
  • Recognizing the worth of every person with ASD and their contribution to society.

Who We Are: Autism Alberta is a registered society in Alberta and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. It is a network and collaboration amongst autism groups comprising parents of children and adults with ASD, family members, individuals with ASD, and caring community citizens. We also have a representative on the Board of Autism Society Canada to collaborate on national issues. Presently four groups are members of Autism Alberta:

We are also affiliated with Autism Canada.

Accomplishments: ASA has had representatives on provincial Advisory Boards to different Government Ministries. ASA has sponsored Autism Awareness presentations in some communities during October, Canada’s Autism Awareness Month. ASA has contributed to the development of resource materials for families, such as handouts on community resources and books on issues affecting those with ASD .

Who to Contact: Contact the ASA group closest to where you live or where you are planning to live, for information, resources, and support in Alberta. For example, if you live in Northern Alberta, contact ASEA; Southern Alberta – contact CAS, etc. Please refer to "Regional Chapters" on the left hand side.

For information and assistance with your local support group, or to join ASA please feel free to contact us at 1-877-777-7192
or email president@autismalberta.ca