What We Do
Our mission is to bring hope and help meet the needs of families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
- Speak: Be the voice of families and individuals living with ASD
- Educate: Increase awareness and understanding of ASD
- Advocate: Secure and defend the best quality of life for those with ASD throughout their lifespan and their families
- Promote: Encourage the advancement of meaningful research and the development of effective treatment options
In 2015 we served over 1500 individuals and families to find information, support and a sense of community! Through family support (advocacy, information & referral) and peer to peer networking, ACA helps families and individuals become knowledgeable, independent self-advocates. Through Public and Community Education, ACA empowers the community through greater awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Since 1992 we have been the grassroots organization in Calgary to empower individuals and families living with Autism. We have gone from zero to 10 staff and are now on the forefront of many exciting autism initiatives including employment programs, social policy research and are the lead agency for a city wide network of autism related organizations (non-profits and private businesses). All our staff are either parents of an individual with ASD, are a relative of someone with ASD or have ASD themselves. We pride ourselves on being a community of families helping families.
Since our inception in 1992 the prevelance of ASD has gone from 1 in 2500 to 1 in 86 in Calgary. We estimate that currently there are 6856 individuals (of all ages) in Calgary with ASD. These soaring prevelance rates have vastly increased our demand for services!