The Sinneave Family Foundation (SFF or the Foundation) is a national organization dedicated to building successful futures for adolescents and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Established in 2008, the Foundation has quickly become recognized by leading autism service and research organizations across North America as a valued partner in programming and research that improves the lives of individuals with ASD.
Autism diagnosis rates have risen dramatically from 1 in 10,000 two decades ago to 1 in 68 today. Typically, the diagnosis of ASD occurs in early childhood. In the past two decades, a valuable focus on early diagnosis and intervention of children with ASD has emerged. ASD is a lifelong condition, and children with ASD become adolescents and adults with ASD. The Sinneave Family Foundation is focusing its efforts on programs, research, and supports for adolescents and adults with ASD.
The Foundation's direction and purpose are guided by five key areas of focus:
- Life and work skills development
- A Resource Centre as a trusted source of information about ASD
- Improving accommodation and wraparound services (where they live and what supports are needed)
- Improving the skills of caregivers
- Influencing government policies that support adults with ASD
Each of these five key areas of focus has been drawn into an ambitious 10 year roadmap. Having a roadmap helps our organization assess potential opportunities, in order to ensure that they are aligned with our direction and purpose. Our roadmap guides the Sinneave Family Foundation's priorities and activities and provides a day to day focus for our work.
The Sinneave Family Foundation enabled the development of The Ability Hub; a 17,000-square-foot purpose- built facility in Calgary, Alberta. The Ability Hub opened its doors in Fall 2011 and has become a centre of information, innovation and best practice development. Programs being developed at or in partnership with The Ability Hub are being designed for replication by interested communities in Alberta, across Canada and around the world.
To donate to the Foundation, please visit The Ability Hub donation page.