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Volunteers NEEDED Dec 26 & 27 for Autism Calgary Casino September 14, 2017

Volunteers are needed for our upcoming Casino!!!

When: December 26 & 27, 2017

Location: Cash Casino. 4040 Blackfoot Trail SE map

The Casino brings in a significant amount of money for our organization. It will help us provide the best service to YOU our members. It is also a great way to meet other people and did I mention the free meal!

Thank you so much! We can’t do this event without you!

Please sign up for a shift by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - Autism Calgary Casino

Canada 150 Autism Community Autumn Gathering September 8, 2017

Come enjoy a free day at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch and help Calgary’s Autism community celebrate  Canada’s 150th birthday! Free hot dogs, pontoon boats, canoes, horses and a beautiful mountain view!

 

When: Sept 16, 2017    11am – 3pm

Where: Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch, 258 Mountain Lion Dr, Bragg Creek

If you would like to volunteer to help set up and serve lunch please email meghan[at]autismcalgary[dot]com

***Horse rides are primarily for those with ASD and their siblings who are under 16 years old because at this time of year the horses tire easily. For those over 16 years old please email meghan[at]autismcalgary[dot]com to request a ticket to ride the horses.

 

Next KITs will be Thursday, Sept 14 & Monday Sept 25 from 7-9pm. August 10, 2017

 

KIT “Keeping it Together” Mom’s Self-Care Group.

Keeping It Together (KIT) is a “self-care support group” specifically for moms of loved ones with ASD of all ages (toddlers, children, teens and adult children). Consider this your “girls night out” and get together with other moms who go through the same challenges, obstacles and share the simplest of wins. Let’s experience who we are as women not someone’s Mom or wife. We listen, understand and accept. The majority of the evening is focused on self-care through interactive presentations. We empower ourselves and each other. Please bring your journal. If you are new to the group a personal journal will be gifted to you.


Thursday, September 14 from 7-9pm

Topic: 

As a proud mom of 2 boys ages 14 and 12 (eldest w/ASD), Toni Mills works as a Parent Ambassador at The Ability Hub. She is passionate about helping people live life to their full potential

Also, Toni is part of the largest Aloe Vera Company in the world.

Consider the next KIT night a “Girls Night In” with FREE FACIALS, as Toni teaches the KIT moms more about some self-care and pampering with lots of laughs.

If anyone has any questions about the products and allergies or sensitivities prior to the KIT meeting, Please call Toni at 587-227-6472 or email  moc.p1506243281lf@sl1506243281limt1506243281

All who come will get to take sample home, so please register now at the button below.
 
Again, bring your journals and if you are new a journal will be gifted to you to keep. And pot-luck is always welcome and optional
 
 ❤ See you on the 14th !

Eventbrite - Keeping it Together - Mom's Group - an Autism Calgary Event Multiple Dates

 

Monday, September 25 from 7-9pm

Topic: TBA

Eventbrite - Keeping it Together - Mom's Group - an Autism Calgary Event Multiple Dates


Where: Autism Calgary Office – 3639 26th Street NE map

*Please note that child care is not provided.
For Questions contact: moc.y1506243281ragla1506243281cmsit1506243281ua@ti1506243281k1506243281

Pokemon Night at Autism Calgary – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, starting September 19th – 6:30-8:30pm! August 5, 2017

Autism Calgary Pokemon Club*

This is a family event.

The Pokemon Trading card game appears complicated to the Neurotypical Brain.  That is because it was created by an Autistic person.   Autistic kids and adults have been drawn to groups playing the game at Pokemon Leagues.   Leagues provide a common interest in which adults and kids learn:

  • A safe environment where it is okay to be different and in fact it may be an advantage
  • Group interaction by playing each other’s decks
  • Negotiation Skills by trading and creating decks
  • Sharing and Support skills by sharing and supporting new players
  • How to be part of group with like-minded peers

Many people have cards but have never learned to play, perhaps because they were unsure going to league would be okay.  This is a safe place to come learn and be with a group.

Come try out our club whether to learn to play or help others play.   Kids (bring a parent) and adults are welcome (most players are adults). Reasons to check us out:

  • Safe non-judgmental environment
  • We will help you learn how to play
  • If you don’t have cards the club has several starter decks you can use, or you can build and take home your own deck from our donated cards
  • If you are already an accomplished player come help out and be a part of the community
  • Safe group facilitated by a father/son
  • We will be a small group (at least to start) which should not be overwhelming from a sensory standpoint

Note sometimes it is hard to learn to play with rules, and meltdowns are okay, but it is required that we all learn to play fairly within the rules, so when we melt after a break  we will commit to begin again and if necessary again……. 

When:

Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm starting September 19th, 2017.

Where:

Autism Calgary NEW OFFICE – 3639-26 Street NE

Eventbrite - Pokemon Trading Card Game at Autism Calgary

*please keep in mind that caregiving is NOT available

Families CAN – Thursday, Sept 21 – Movie! (12:30-2:30pm) July 30, 2017

Do you have an adult child with autism and PDD funding?

Do you have a family managed contract?

Do you want to find new social activities for your child and their caregiver?


This meeting we will be watching a movie.

Thursday, September 21 from 12:30-2:30pm.

3639 26 Street NE, Calgary T1Y 5E1

  • Parents, caregivers and individuals with ASD are all welcome to attend

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

 

 

New Vlog Episode! Aidan visits Heart for Art July 13, 2017

Autism Calgary’s Volunteer Office Assistant, Aidan, has another great vlog!

Autism Calgary with Aidan: Heart for Art!

This episode features Aidan visiting the annual event , Heart for Art. This event put on very year by Canadian Artists for the Poor, features local artists in Calgary. Autism Calgary had a booth this year to feature artists on the autism spectrum. Our booth this year was organized by Jojo Parakin, an art student with three brothers, two of which are on the autism spectrum.

Keep watching our space for new episodes regularly!

TONIGHT – Pokemon Night at Autism Calgary – Tues, June 20th – 6:30-8:30pm! June 20, 2017

Autism Calgary Pokemon Club*

This is a family event.

The Pokemon Trading card game appears complicated to the Neurotypical Brain.  That is because it was created by an Autistic person.   Autistic kids and adults have been drawn to groups playing the game at Pokemon Leagues.   Leagues provide a common interest in which adults and kids learn:

  • A safe environment where it is okay to be different and in fact it may be an advantage
  • Group interaction by playing each other’s decks
  • Negotiation Skills by trading and creating decks
  • Sharing and Support skills by sharing and supporting new players
  • How to be part of group with like-minded peers

Many people have cards but have never learned to play, perhaps because they were unsure going to league would be okay.  This is a safe place to come learn and be with a group.

Come try out our club whether to learn to play or help others play.   Kids (bring a parent) and adults are welcome (most players are adults). Reasons to check us out:

  • Safe non-judgmental environment
  • We will help you learn how to play
  • If you don’t have cards the club has several starter decks you can use, or you can build and take home your own deck from our donated cards
  • If you are already an accomplished player come help out and be a part of the community
  • Safe group facilitated by a father/son
  • We will be a small group (at least to start) which should not be overwhelming from a sensory standpoint

Note sometimes it is hard to learn to play with rules, and meltdowns are okay, but it is required that we all learn to play fairly within the rules, so when we melt after a break  we will commit to begin again and if necessary again……. 

When:

Tuesday June 20th, 2017 6:30-8:30pm

Where:

Autism Calgary NEW OFFICE – 3639-26 Street NE

Eventbrite - June 20 Pokemon Trading Card Game at Autism Calgary

*please keep in mind that caregiving is NOT available

Annual KIT “Walk in the Park” this Monday June 26th, 2017 June 18, 2017

KIT “Keeping it Together” Mom’s Self-Care Group. For June 26th: KIT Annual Walk in the Park

Next KIT date:

Monday, June 26th 7-9pm

Eventbrite - Keeping it Together - Mom's Group - an Autism Calgary Event June 26th, 2017

Keeping It Together (KIT) is a “self-care support group” specifically for moms of loved ones with ASD of all ages (toddlers, children, teens and adult children). Consider this your “girls night out” and get together with other moms who go through the same challenges, obstacles and share the simplest of wins. Let’s experience who we are as women not someone’s Mom or wife. We listen, understand and accept. The majority of the evening is focused on self-care through interactive presentations. We empower ourselves and each other. Please bring your journal. If you are new to the group a personal journal will be gifted to you.

For Monday June 26, 2017 KIT

Topic: Annual KIT “Walk in the Park” !

*Please feel free to wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, a pen and journal.

Where: Prince’s Island Park

Meeting Place: Eau Claire doors (see photo)

When: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Meeting Time: 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM (if you are late, please email moc.y1506243281ragla1506243281cmsit1506243281ua@yc1506243281art1506243281 to find our location throughout the walk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note that child care is not provided.


For Questions contact: moc.y1506243281ragla1506243281cmsit1506243281ua@ti1506243281k1506243281

Ice Cream Sundaes & AGM (Tuesday June 27 @ 7pm) June 15, 2017

Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream SundaeBring your family and join others for Ice Cream Sundaes and our brief (but important) Annual General Meeting.

Tuesday June 27 at 7:00pm at the Autism Calgary Office;  3639 26 Street NE Calgary T1Y 5E1. (Park at the north side of the building.)

Ice Cream Sundaes with add-your-own toppings will be provided to all active Autism Calgary Members and their Families.  You may renew your membership too (memberships are free or by voluntary donation.)  Please take a moment to get tickets (one ticket for each Ice Cream Sundae or GFCF equivalent…)

Eventbrite - Ice Cream Sundaes and AGM

The Agenda for our Brief (five to ten minute) Annual General Meeting will be as follows:

  1. To receive the annual report of the board to the members and financial statements. (Jan.1 2016-Dec.31 2016)
  2. To elect members of the board for the ensuing year
    • Daria Skibington-Roffel (Chair)
    • Eric Stearns (Vice Chair)
    • Mark Rathwell (Secretary)
    • Dan Tran (Treasurer)
    • Nicole Carrington
    • Kavanagh Mannas
    • Charlene Wright
  3. To appoint MNP, Chartered Accountants as auditors of the Association, at a remuneration to be fixed by the board
  4. To transact such other business as may be properly before the meeting.

Ice Cream Sundaes for you and your family will be served following the meeting (held at 7:00pm or thereafter when we reach quorum.)

See you there!

 

Bio-Medical Meeting – Thurs, June 29th – 7-9pm – Round Table May 25, 2017

Small plants in test tubes

June’s meeting will be a round table meeting. We will catch up and share what each of us are doing and the results we are getting from it. This is a great opportunity to help each other as usual as we ask/answer questions we all have.

If you plan to attend please register and forward to anyone you think could benefit from joining us. Everyone is welcome!

Eventbrite - Bio-Medical Meeting at Autism Calgary June 29th, 2017 - Round Table Discussion

Thursday, June 29th from 7-9pm

3639 26th Street NE map

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Autism Calgary does not support, endorse or recommend any method, treatment, product, remedial center, program or person for people with autism or autism related conditions. It does, however, endeavor to inform because it believes in the right to have access to the information available and to make individual choices.