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Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review

Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Recently, the Alberta government launched a review of the PDD Program, to be conducted by a government-appointed Review panel. Inclusion Alberta will soon share its perspective on potential and desired improvements to the PDD program. In the interim, we wanted to ensure everyone with an interest in PDD is aware of how they can participate. We think it is essential that as many family, individual and community members, with an interest in contributing to an improved PDD program, actively participate. Much more could certainly be done to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by promoting and ensuring a greater degree of community inclusion than is currently the case. 

While Inclusion Alberta is supportive of this much-needed PDD Review, we are deeply disappointed in the Review panel’s makeup. The Alberta government has clearly chosen to limit the voice of families as the panel is dominated by a majority of service provider representatives and professionals.

There are no family representatives from Inclusion Alberta — the principal provincial family advocacy organization that has represented the interests of families and individuals with developmental disabilities for over 60 years. In effect, this is a review of a provincial program with no representation from the primary provincial organization that represents, by far, the largest number of families who have family members with developmental disabilities. There are no parents of children with developmental disabilities who could address both the challenges of moving from Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) to PDD and their aspirations for the future. There are no siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, many of whom are assuming responsibilities for their brothers and sisters with developmental disabilities as their parents age.

The panel’s exclusionary membership is all the more reason why families, their family members with developmental disabilities and parents of children must participate and ensure their voice is heard and acknowledged in the panel’s forthcoming recommendations.

The review will focus on:

  • examining access to services and supports to meet individual needs and goals
  • creating a service delivery system that:
    • responds to the needs of individuals and families
    • provides clear lines of accountability and oversight
  • evaluating access to training and supports to enable a skilled and well-trained workforce
  • examining eligibility criteria to access the PDD program’s services and supports
  • ensuring engagement with the disability community (individuals, families, guardians, service providers, and workforce) at both the system level and individual level has clarity of purpose and outcomes”                                                                                      

There are three avenues of participation — and you are not restricted to one or two of these avenues – anyone who wishes can participate in all three:

  • take the online survey which will be available beginning October 23
  • submit a written, art or video submission to css.pddreview@gov.ab.ca
  • attend a community conversation, which are open to everyone

To find out when and where a community conversation is taking place in your community or nearby, please check the Alberta PDD Review website. Even though some community conversation time slots are described as being for individuals and families and others for staff and service providers, if the only time you can attend is for a particular group, you should nevertheless attend. It is more important that you contribute and participate than not.

The following information on community conversations is currently posted on the above website, where further information will be updated:

St. Paul
Hampton Inn by Hilton - 4902 39 Street

Tuesday, Oct. 23

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Wednesday, Oct. 24

  • 1 pm to 3 pm - Open to the public

Grande Prairie
Holiday Inn and Conference Centre, 9816 107 Street

Tuesday, Oct. 30

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • 9 am to 11 am - Open to the public

Fort McMurray
Quality Inn and Conference Centre, 424 Gregoire Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 6

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Wednesday, Nov. 7

  • 1 pm to 3 pm - Open to the public

Red Deer
Sheraton Red Deer, 3310 50 Avenue

Wednesday, Nov. 14

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Thursday, Nov. 15

  • 1 pm to 3 pm - Open to the public

Lethbridge
Sandman Inn Hotel, 421 Mayor Magrath South

Tuesday, Nov. 20

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Wednesday, Nov. 21

  • 1 pm to 3 pm - Open to the public

Medicine Hat
The Clarion Hotel, 954 7 Street SW

Thursday, Nov. 22

  • 1 pm to 3 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 4 pm to 5:30 pm - Community disability workers, service providers and advocacy groups
  • 7 pm to 8:30 pm - Open to the public

Calgary
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham, 3515 26 Street NE

Tuesday, Nov. 27

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers

Wednesday, Nov. 28

  • 9 am to 11 am - Service providers and advocacy groups
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Open to the public
  • 6 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public

Edmonton
Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre, 11830 Kingsway NW

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • 10 am to 12 pm - PDD individuals, family and caregivers
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Community disability workers

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • 9 am to 11 am - Service providers and advocacy groups
  • 2 pm to 4 pm - Open to the public
  • 6 pm to 8 pm - Open to the public
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