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New Calgary art centre caters to people with disabilities

One Calgary woman is fulfilling her dreams through a unique space she’s created for people with disabilities.

Jade Powers quit her job nearly a year ago to open the Mandala Art Centre — a space for people of all ages and abilities to take part in art, ranging from drawing and painting to dance and yoga.

After working with people with disabilities for 12 years as behavioural specialist, Powers said she noticed the city was missing a space that catered to people of all ages, from young kids to adults.

“We’re just trying to open it up to the community and provide some sort of creative outlet,” she said. “Having a one-stop place where you’re able to come and have anything to do with the arts is really my dream.”

Since opening the doors to the centre a little over a week ago, Powers said she’s already had interest from several families.

Mother Heather Daly moved from New Jersey last year and said she’s found access to support in Calgary limited.

“We just got approved and just got a behavioural aid," she said. "For eight months, we’ve had nothing."

Daly has already taken her nine-year-old son J.J., who she said is on the autism spectrum, to three classes.

“Let’s put it this way: when I say it’s time for art class, he gets dressed and he doesn’t flop to the floor, so I assuming he likes it!” said Daly.

For more on the Mandala Art Centre, or to register for classes, visit

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