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The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) operates as part of the Department of Culture and Tourism ministry.  The purpose of the program is to fund initiatives that enhance and "enrich the quality of community life" throughout Alberta.  Aspire applied and was granted $60,000, which will be used for capital projects within the Centre. 
During the summer months of July and August, workers have been busy installing new flooring throughout the building. Modern linoleum flooring and carpet have been laid, providing thermal insulation and sound absorption.  Many of the children we serve and see every day have allergies, so having appropriate flooring is beneficial for the health of the children and our staff.
 
The second part of the project is to remove the fluorescent lighting and install Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting.  LED lighting is more suitable for children with Autism or those with light sensitivity issues and/or epilepsy.  Of the children we assess and diagnose annually at Aspire, approximately 49% have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
 
We, at Aspire, are very grateful for the CIP Grant and other contributions from the Alberta Government. These dollars have and will continue to go a long way to enhancing the learning environment for our children and families.