Society for Treatment of Autism (STA) is an Alberta-based registered charitable organization providing comprehensive treatment and educational services for people with autism and related disorders. STA offers quality support, consultation and educational services for families and communities in Alberta.
Society for Treatment of Autism is excited to announce the release of our Employer’s Guide: a brief guide for employers who are working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This Guide will also prepare potential employers who are willing to provide employment opportunities to people on the Spectrum. We appreciate the input of various individuals and organizations that contributed to the guide and would like to share it with you. Please feel free to download a copy. We do, however, ask that you request permission to reprint the guide.
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org for permission and to provide feedback.
Please click the following link to view and be patient as it takes about 40 seconds to download the pdf.Employer Information Guide - English (French)
We would like to thank the Jack Carter Family Fund of The Calgary Foundation for their generous donation!
Thank you to the Lynn Laforge-Tieman Fund for Autism at the Calgary Foundation, for their generous donation!
A big thank you goes to the Alberta Lottery Fund – Community Spirit Program for their generous donation of $17,552.60. STA received much needed upgrades to our air conditioning, locks, windows and photocopier!
The confidence and wherewithal to take transit. The skills to prepare lunch. Insight into personal strengths and interests at work, and a chance to apply them. The ability to understand and be understood. A reason to look to the future with hope.
It's what growing up is about - aspirations shared by people with ASD and their families.
To help them get there, Sinneave Family Foundation is funding a treatment and education program tailored to the diverse needs of individuals with ASD between the ages of 13 and older, housed in the purpose-built Sinneave Centre on the third floor of Calgary's Child Development Centre.
The Foundation has collaborated with Society for Treatment of Autism, a Calgary-based agency with over 40 years of ASD service expertise, to create the new program. It is founded on best practices, with family and person-centred planning in mind, and is driven by a pressing need to assist adolescents and adults with ASD to develop appropriate work behaviours, specialized vocational, life and social skills in a structured, caring environment.
The adult and adolescent program offers participants the opportunity to master a series of work-related tasks appropriate to their skills and abilities - from business skills like office administration, data entry and computer technology, to service skills such as commercial food preparation, or retail experience in stocking and inventory - at their own speed and with the supervision and guidance of professionally-trained staff.
For some, the focus may be to increase personal and independent living skills - skills taught in the self-contained apartment at the Centre. Here, participants learn general housekeeping tasks such as: operating household appliances; sorting and doing the laundry; changing the bed; cleaning; and learning to shop, cook and prepare snacks and meals. This is also a perfect environment to work on personal hygiene - learning to dress, shave and shower.
There is also an off-site community work experience component, where participants have an opportunity to learn skills and "give-back" by volunteering to help maintain the gardens at Bethany Care Centre, bake cookies for families at Ronald McDonald House, or build "Wish" packages for Children's Wish Foundation.
We are very grateful to the Government of Alberta's Community Spirit Grant Program donation grant of $12,788.00. This grant was put towards the payment of our newly renovated residential facility!