Jade Powers, B.SW, R.SW, M.A, CCC
Jade began her career working as an aid with children with Autism in Toronto after graduating with her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. She absolutely fell in love with working with people with disabilities and continued to work in the field while she did her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy at Concordia University in Montreal. She published her thesis on using art as a means of communication for children with limited verbal communication after working with a group of teen boys with Autism for 2 years. After graduate school, Jade moved to Bermuda to work with a young child with Autism. Incorporating all of the knowledge she gained from working from an ABA perspective, as an Art Therapist and from understanding that play is the best teacher, Jade developed a holistic approach to working with children with Autism. With a focus on training and working with parents, Jade moved to Calgary and joined the Ability Society’s Early Bird Program as a Behaviour Consultant in 2006. Jade worked with the Program for 7 years as both a Behaviour Consultant and as a Clinical Coordinator. In 2013, Jade opened a barrier free art centre, Mandala Art Centre, where she ran programs for people of all ages and abilities specializing in programs for people with complex needs. In July 2019, Jade returned to Ability4Good to reprise her role as a Clinical Coordinator.
In her spare time, Jade is a mixed media artist who sell her artwork at local shows, from her website and through online stores like Redbubble. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her one eyed Boston, LuLu.