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11 04, 2019

Respite: A powerful tool for parents

By |2019-04-11T16:13:06+00:00April 11th, 2019|Community|

The experience of having a child with special needs intensifies the challenges of parenthood. In addition to typical parental stressors, other forms of pressure unique to their child’s care are involved. For example, multiple medical and rehabilitation appointments, behavioural concerns, financial difficulties, accessibility issues, etc. Eating, taking them to school or day programs, going to multiple appointments (PT, OT, speech therapy, doctors, etc.), attending recreational activities and volunteering- It can become TOO MUCH! Respite prevents burnout and allows families to maintain regular schedules. Once a child is born, this child becomes the parents’ whole life. All their energy and attention is focused

19 02, 2019

Meet our Events Coordinator, Simon

By |2019-02-19T16:16:50+00:00February 19th, 2019|Meet our Team|

I am a PhD student at the University of Calgary. I have been a support worker with ENABLE since November 2017. When I first heard about the grassroots social enterprise, their mission to create meaningful partnerships between people with disabilities and support workers stood out to me. I signed up shortly after meeting Sue Crawford, the co-founder of ENABLE and a fellow graduate student. I was matched to a youth who excitedly waits for me to take him out each week (okay, I might look forward to it as much as he does). Let me start by saying, being a student is isolating. I

19 02, 2019

Interview with the Executive Director of ENABLE

By |2019-02-19T16:00:12+00:00February 19th, 2019|Meet our Team|

Our Community Ambassador, Hailee interviewed our Executive Director. We learned about ENABLE, self-care, hammocks, and evolutionary biology. Hi, Sue! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. We are curious. Tell us a little bit about how you used your role as a nurse to fill a need in the community by creating ENABLE. After graduating from the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of Calgary in 2012, I knew that I wanted to make positive change in peoples’ lives; I just didn’t know what or how at that time. After graduating, I eagerly pursued positions on a medicine/neurosciences