Information about Alberta Education supports for all children, including providing access to special education programs for students with special needs.
An international organization leading autism science and advocacy, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Check out the excellent new ‘video glossary’.
An organization providing free educational information, financial options, and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy.
A central source of information for families of children with special needs in the Calgary area and the Rocky View Region.
Branch of the Alberta Government that provides services to children with disabilities.
An interactive website that provides evidence-based strategies for promoting adaptive behaviour, while managing challenging behaviours. Developed for use by families, aides and school staff supporting children with disabilities.
Activities & Visuals
Find a collection of pictures, visuals, songs, games and stories from a network of teachers and clinicians from around the globe.
Create your own visuals for free with their easy to use online tool. Plus a handful of additional resources and forums to connect with your community.
Download visuals and picture sets with this free online resource.
Check out the Materials Exchange for tons of visuals, games and activities to promote speech and language development.
Family & Parent Support
PACT (Parents and Children Together) is a playgroup for children aged 0-5 and their parents to attend together. PACT is different from other playgroups and preschools. While the children play – parents, grandparents and caregivers participate in thought-provoking discussion groups that focus on friendship as well as learning about child development, and navigating everyday parenting challenges and joys. Discussion groups are facilitated by a parent educator.
Provides families, healthcare providers, and community members access to reliable and comprehensive information, resources and supports related to children’s health and well-being. Check out the list of Community Education Sessions for child, youth and family mental health.
Offers up to date articles, parent tips and family fun activities to encourage language and play skills.
Articles, videos and strategies on how to manage challenging behaviors with children and youth.
Focused on improving the quality of life and level of independence for adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
A family based, non-profit organization representing the interests of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families from across Alberta.
Provides support to families of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and resources for interested professionals, educators and caregivers.
CLS is committed to ensuring persons with developmental disabilities have dignity, rights and freedom.
Committed to improving lives for persons with developmental disabilities in Calgary and area for over 15 years.
A charitable family-based organization formed to better the lives of individuals with ADD/ADHD and those who care for them.
A non-profit, registered, charitable organization dedicated to including people with developmental disabilities into the community in real and meaningful ways.
A non-profit organization in the Foothills area who are dedicated to supporting families with children that have special needs. Provides information, education and support to parents and siblings of special needs children in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Respite & Recreation
The AFS provides respite care in a recreational environment for families with children, teens and adults in the Autism/Aspergers/PDD spectrum in the Calgary area.
Enables participants to experience a sense of belonging and an enhanced quality of life. This is accomplished by providing quality social and recreational opportunities focusing on children and young adults with disabilities.
Provides respite services for children with special needs in the Calgary area.