Media Release. Inclusion Alberta

MEDIA RELEASE: Indexing AISH and $600 is Appreciated, but 1000’s Continue to Struggle

November 24, 2022
For immediate release – November 24, 2022

Edmonton, AB – Inclusion Alberta is pleased that the Alberta government has committed to providing some financial relief to Albertans with developmental disabilities and their families but is concerned that no commitments were made to address the 1000’s of people on waitlists currently receiving no support at all.

Albertan’s receiving Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) funding were rightfully recognized in yesterday’s address by Premier Danielle Smith as among those most in need of receiving the newly announced $600 cash relief payments. We also appreciate that in her recent mandate letter to the Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Premier Smith instructed Minister Jeremy Nixon to address the outstanding wage issue for disability support workers while re-indexing AISH for inflation.

Monica Braat, parent of an adult son with a developmental disability and Inclusion Alberta’s President, says, “We sincerely appreciate the Premier’s announcement of indexing AISH and a one-time payments of $600 to individuals with developmental disabilities and others. However, there are still thousands of Albertan children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families eligible for supports and receiving none. Others have had their funding for supports reduced or denied.”

While individuals and families who receive funding from PDD appreciate hearing the government recognize that more funding is needed, it is not clear what yesterday’s announcement that ‘PDD will be indexed’ means. Further, no reference was made to the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program and the need for additional funding, leaving families wondering, ‘what about us?’

Trish Bowman, Inclusion Alberta CEO stated, “If the announcement to index PDD means a program increase overall but only tied to inflation, this will be completely inadequate to address the many adults with developmental disabilities who are receiving no support at all. A plan is urgently needed to address the waitlists and reduction of supports experienced by those waiting for or currently receiving PDD or FSCD funding. Families across the province are anxiously awaiting clarification.”

 

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For further inquiries, or to arrange for an interview please contact:

Sara Protasow           

Communications Coordinator, Inclusion Alberta

sprotasow@inclusionalberta.org

780-906-4693

www.inclusionalberta.org

About Inclusion Alberta: Inclusion Alberta is a family based, non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Together, we share a dream of meaningful family life and community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. As an advocacy organization we support families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life.