April 22, 2020

  On Monday, representatives from Inclusion Alberta and Autism Society Alberta, almost all of whom are family members of persons with disabilities, met with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and the Minister of Community and Social Services, Rajan Sawhney, to discuss the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and autism and […]

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April 21, 2020

Dear Friends, At Inclusion Alberta we are continuing to ensure that each and every family gets the support they require during this unprecedented time in our history. This is a difficult time for everyone but can be especially challenging for those families who have a loved one with a developmental disability. We wanted to take […]

April 16, 2020

  The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) media release entitled “Invisible and Forgotten in the COVID-19 Crisis: Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities” is a statement that articulates Inclusion Alberta’s own views of government action during the pandemic. Included and linked below, the CACL media release reflects the views of Inclusion Alberta and our input to […]

April 15, 2020

  Consistent with guidance provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is implementing a continuous masking strategy, in addition to use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as part of droplet and contact precautions. Inclusion Alberta and the Darrell Cook Family Managed Supports Resource […]

April 9, 2020

  Please see the letter below from 62 national disability organizations, including the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), written to Prime Minister Trudeau, Health Minister Patty Hadju, Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and all Provincial and Territorial Premiers and Health Ministers. We are all seeking a commitment from governments […]

April 8, 2020

  Media Release: Other Provinces Continue to Provide Additional Supports to Persons with Disabilities: When will Alberta Act? For immediate release – April 8, 2020 Edmonton, AB —  On April 2, the British Columbia Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction announced two major measures, among others, to support individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable […]

March 31, 2020

  Media release – March 31, 2020 Edmonton, AB — The Government of Alberta’s recent communication to families who have family members with developmental disabilities, coupled with the announcement that educational assistants who support students with disabilities are being laid off, is leaving families wondering why they do not count as Albertans. Adding to the […]

March 30, 2020

  We appreciate that Community and Social Services (CSS) is providing some flexibility in the use of Family Managed Services (FMS) funds but overall we find CSS’s response falls short. During this crisis, Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) contract renewals must, at minimum, be approved without reductions […]

March 25, 2020

  We are pleased to see that the Alberta’s department of Community and Social Services (CSS) has responded to our request for increased flexibility in how families can utilize their funding through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD): “… there is room for flexibility within existing FSCD agreements to make adjustments to help meet […]

  We are working with our national organization, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), with every hope that the combined efforts of 34 national disability organizations will lead to the Government of Canada adding additional measures to its COVID-19 actions specific to individuals with disabilities, their families and the organizations that support them. You […]