Who We Are

Purpose

Approximately  85% of people currently identified as living on the Autism Spectrum are underemployed or unemployed. For many, difficulty regulating social information and unconventional communication skills are a barrier to obtaining employment.  And the problem is growing. Recent statistics indicate that one in 68 children born in 2014 will be identified as living on the Autism Spectrum.

Spectrum Advantage was created as a response to the need for employment experience for individuals with ASD between the ages of 18 and 30. Spearheaded by Autism Calgary, and the generous funding of the Government of Canada as well as the Sinneave Family Foundation, this groundbreaking program, (the only one of its kind in Canada) opened its doors in May of 2014.

Sarah Taylor BA – Program Lead

Sarah began her career in Autism treatment in 1996. Her many years of experience in assessment, consultation and advocacy helps provide a framework for curriculum development and sensitivity training for employers.

 

Celina Berrade BA BA BEd – Education Coordinator

   

With a background in Education, Recruitment and Administration spanning over 20 years, Celina brings a wealth of experience to both the Spectrum Advantage team and to the program itself.

 

 

Rebecca Small BSW - Facilitator/Employment Coach

Rebecca discovered her passion for Autism treatment and group facilitation during her Social Work practicums. She also utilizes her background in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to address mental health concerns.