Events

Meeting: Autism Campus Training

Sarah Symonds of the Sinneave Family Foundation in Calgary was our first speaker of our 2021-22 meeting series. Sarah is the Online Program Facilitator at the Sinneave Family Foundation and a graduate of the University of Calgary's Psychology program. Sarah introduced us to Autism Campus Training, a self-directed online program written and developed for autistic post-secondary students by autistic graduates. This interesting initiative is intended to guide ASD students through all facets of life as they embark on this first…

 

Movie Night Summer!

In acknowledgment of the BCGovernment’s move to implement Accessibility Legislation, we will, in July & August, host two Zoom movie discussion nights on the theme of Access. Please register 24 hours before the events start: click here.   Hosted by: Vernaye Morgan, B. Social Work, UNBC, & TESL instructor, Aaron Michael, BA, Pol Sc, SFU, &SPS meeting facilitator Watch the movie in advance on Netflix or on YouTube: See Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdeyFwHxo2Q  

 

Movie Night Summer!

In acknowledgement of the BC Government’s move to implement Accessibility Legislation, we will, in July & August, host two Zoom movie discussion nights on the theme of Access. Hosted by: Vernaye Morgan, B. Social Work, UNBC, & TESL instructor, Aaron Michael, BA, Pol Sc, SFU, &SPS meeting facilitator The Fundamentals of Caring” is a quirky, humourous film about a young man who overcomes fear and cynicism, and opts to go on an adventure, despite the physical challenges that he faces.…

 

Leisure & Recreational Issues and Opportunities

We welcomed two speakers, Jad Brake & Shadi Hortamani. Our first speaker, Jad Brake, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UBC, described his research on the communicative and sensory challenges that some ASD individuals experience that impede them in forming relationships. Our second speaker, Shadi Hortamani, Board-certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, Canucks Autism Network. Shadi has 10 years of experience serving the autistic community, 3 at CAN, working on the Youth and Young Adult programs. She spoke on the benefits of participating…

 

LifeNet & LifeMap

We welcomed Betty Hallenbeck, the second of our speakers from Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) in Boston, Mass. https://www.aane.org/ Betty spoke to us about AANE's  programs designed to support individuals with Asperger profiles in becoming independent adults. LifeNet is a private pay, independent living support program for adults with Asperger's or similar autism spectrum profiles. LifeNet offers peace of mind that an adult on the spectrum will be supported as they navigate adulthood. LifeMAP (Life Management Assistance Program) is an intensive, practical, highly…

 

SPS Confident Conversations

This program is for any adult motivated to become more effective in their social interactions, and to become happier and more comfortable with being with others. Workshop Goals & Structure: Eight sessions, for 10 participants, hosted by Behavioral Analyst, Crystal Lee Clark, and Actor/Educator, Laura Drummond. Each session will include warm-up activities, a specific concept and targeted goals, and fun skill building exercises to support the concept. Sessions 1-4 are aimed at improving understanding of why effective social conversation is…

 

Adult Sibling Relationships

Our speaker was Dania Jekel of the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) in Boston, Mass. https://www.aane.org/  Relationships between ASD family members and their siblings are often complicated and stressful for all family members. Dania Jekel, is the Founder & retiring Executive Director of AANE. Dania shared with us her insights into the dynamics of these relationships. Dania has been at the helm of AANE since its inception 25 years ago. Since its humble beginnings, Dania & her team have developed AANE into an…

 

SPS Games & Gathering: Drama Games

With Laura Drummond & Crystal LeeClark Free event, but registration required. Limited number of participants, sign up early for this event!

 

SPS Games & Gathering: Movie & Discussion

With Glen Brauer & Dee Stacey Free event, but registration required. Limited number of participants, sign up early for this event! Watch in advance: The Invention of Lying : https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/theinvention-of-lying

 

SPS Games & Gathering: Drama Games

With Laura Drummond & Crystal LeeClark Free event , but registration required. Limited number of participants, sign up early for the event!

 

SPS Building A Mental Tool Kit: March 2021

Zoom meeting with Amanda Zhou & Sam McCorriston, Registered Clinical Counsellors,AsUR Counselling & Consulting Services Four sessions for adults,19+ years old, who are motivated to examine barriers in their lives and who want to explore some tools that will enable them to become the person that they want to be. 8 participants, each session 1.5 hours. Specific workshop objectives will be examined in relation to strategic tools for coping with stress, for increasing success in relationships, and for building resiliency…

 

SPS Games & Gathering: Movie & Discussion

With Glen Brauer & Dee Stacey Free event , but registration required. Limited number of participants, sign up early for the event! Two short films to watch in advance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K2ehhiDfv4&t=162 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZmEqksaEVU&t=13  

 

Financial Literacy

Key to independent living is an understanding of day-to-day budgeting & financial transactions. Our speaker, Vicki Kwong, is an “Each One Teach One” trainer, and a Senior Member Service Representative with VanCity Credit Union. The "Each One, Teach One" program is a VanCity Credit Union initiative aimed at increasing the financial literacy of Canadians. In this meeting Vicki will covered: Basic Banking • Basic Banking concepts such as: What is, a Financial Institution, and how to choose one to meet…

 

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