Ability4Good in Calgary Receives 2 Desktop Computers

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is happy to provide 2 desktop computers to a Calgary non-profit called Ability4Good. The donation will be used to facilitate the delivery of services to children and families.

Ability4Good is a community-based non-profit, operating as part of Enterprise4Good. They develop social networks, offer services and create caring communities for those that are most vulnerable so that they can live with dignity, achieving their goals and aspirations.

Founded in 1979, they started as a program led by parents of children with cerebral palsy. The program was housed at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and provided information and education related to assistive technology for children with special needs and their families. They quickly realized that they had the capability of not only assisting children and their families but also adults with special needs.

In 1984 they became a nonprofit, charitable organization named the Technical Resource Centre, and in 1998, they rebranded as the Ability Society, incorporating seniors into our mission while continuing to be an advocate for persons with special needs in the community.

Today Ability4Good continues to provide all of the services offered by the Ability Society, operating as part of Enterprise4Good. They focus on providing services where they are needed most that are self-sustaining, cause-related and entrepreneurial.

Ability4Good provides a family centered, play-based, multidisciplinary approach for service delivery to children ages 0-17 and their families. These services provide consultation and coaching to a child and their family. It is intended to support them in acquiring specific skills, learning strategies and building capacity to help the family promote their child’s participation in activities of normal daily living. Program delivery borrows from several intervention approaches, including the Early Start Denver Model, SCERTS, Hanen and Floortime. The program is overseen by a Clinical Director and involves contributions from many disciplines and specialists including: Occupational Therapists, Behaviour Consultants, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Speech Language Pathologists. Visit their website here for more information.

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over fifteen years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada.

We believe that reuse before recycling is critical in managing the waste created by computer hardware, and by offering industry-leading data destruction for all equipment we receive, we have securely repurposed hundreds of tons of equipment. Because not everything ERA receives can be reasonably repurposed, we have partnered with certified recycling organizations to process equipment that has reached the end of its productive life.