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Action Notes May 2015

May 2015 - Newsletters
The Federal budget for 2015-2016 has been released. The budget mostly maintains the course from previous years as Canada continues to recover from an economic downturn. There are, however, a number of new initiatives which may be of interest for people with disabilities, including a new Home Accessibility Tax Credit and a renewal of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's mandate for another 10 years.

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Action News Spring 2015

April 2015 - Newsletters
There is a provincial election on the way! The election is spurred on by the Alberta Budget 2015-2016, a budget which features tax increases and program cuts so widespread that Albertans will be demanding a vote to either validate or reject it. While disability programs and services including AISH are being maintained at present levels, cuts to Alberta Health Services and to education concern every Albertan. The voices of persons with disabilities must be heard in the coming election.

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2014 - 2015 Annual Report

April 2015 - Annual Reports
2014 - 2015 Annual Report

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Action Notes March 2015

March 2015 - Newsletters
The Supreme Court ruling in the Carter case has fundamentally altered end-of-life decisions for Canadians. An important discussion must now begin with Canadians and politicians of all levels, with civil society, health professions, and the legal community.

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Action Notes February 2015

February 2015 - Newsletters
Is an Alberta Election in the Air?
Albertans may be noticing many indications of an upcoming provincial election. In Alberta, elections generally take place between March 1 and May 31 of the election year. If an election is called, what does it mean for you?

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Action Notes January 2015

January 2015 - Newsletters
Continuing Care front-line staff, patients and families are concerned about recent changes to the staffing structure at several continuing care facilities that are managed by Covenant Health, a branch of Alberta Health Services.

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Action Notes December 2014

December 2014 - Newsletters
Have you ever seen a service dog helping a person with a disability cross the street or find their way into a building? Have you wondered about how the dogs are trained and why we are asked to not pet the dogs when they are working?

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Action News Fall 2014

September 2014 - Newsletters
In July 2014, two ACCD staff members attended the first International Accessibility Summit in Ottawa hosted by Carleton University. This event featured hundreds of people from around the world who are working on a common goal: to remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the world. Improving the accessibility of various physical spaces, education tools, documents, media, technology and employment processes are some of the many topics that were discussed.

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Action Notes June 2014

June 2014 - Newsletters
The government of Alberta has started a new pilot project, entitled Alberta Food Service Labour Connections, which connects Albertans with disabilities to employment opportunities in the food services industry. Other underrepresented groups, such as youth, seniors, immigrants, Aboriginals and those unemployed for long periods of time are also eligible to participate. Currently, the project is working with provincially and federally funded service providers that help underrepresented groups find employment in Edmonton only; however, there is potential for this to become a province-wide program.

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Action Notes - May 2014

May 2014 - Newsletters

Recently, ACCD distributed a feedback survey as a way to verify that current programs are relevant to issues that are concerning ACCD members. The survey asked participants to rank a list of issues from 1-10, where 1 represents the issue of most importance and 10 represents the issue of least importance. The topics include: healthcare, transportation, education, housing, employment, recreation, government services, home care, Alberta Aids to Daily Living and income support. The ACCD membership responded eagerly with various concerns and we appreciate your participation.

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Action News - April 2014

April 2014 - Newsletters

The government of Alberta has announced a plan to support Albertans with disabilities who want to find employment. There are many people with disabilities who want to work but are unable to find employment due to discrimination and lack of appropriate training or opportunities. There is a gap between people with disabilities who are looking for employment and employers who may not have knowledge about how to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace. The government of Alberta is aiming to close this gap.

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2013 - 2014 Annual Report

April 2014 - Annual Reports
Annual Report 2013 - 2014

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Action Notes - March 2014

March 2014 - Newsletters

The Government of Canada has released the 2014 federal budget, which outlines several plans to improve services for Canadians with disabilities. Since 2009, the government has been following an Economic Action Plan by focusing on creating jobs and growing the Canadian economy. This model of planning is clearly demonstrated in the 2014 federal budget.

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Action Notes - February 2014

February 2014 - Newsletters

Alberta Human Services recently released a 2 year plan outlining the purpose, process, success and transformation of the Persons with Devel- opmental Disabilities (PDD) program. After much negativity and confusion surrounding the release of their original plan for PDD changes, the government of Alberta has developed a strategy to work with the public, stakeholders and service providers to improve the services provided by PDD. They have also decided to extend the deadline to 2016 to allow more time for consulting community groups, disability organizations, persons with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as the PDD Provincial Advisory Committee and the PDD Provincial Self-Advocates’ Advisory Committee.

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Action Notes - January 2014

January 2014 - Newsletters

Canada Post recently announced it will discontinue door-to-door service, deliver mail to communal mailboxes in our neighbourhoods and hike the cost to buy stamps. These proposed changes will take place during the next five years, although Canada Post says it is urgent and changes must be implemented immediately or they risk losing millions of dollars a day. How is this going to affect people with disabilities?

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Action Notes - October 2013

October 2013 - Newsletters

The Alberta Disabilities Forum and the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health has partnered to produce a position paper entitled, Valuing and Supporting Alberta’s Non-Profit Disability Organizations: Challenges and Solutions. The purpose of the document is to assist funders and others to appreciate and understand the significant contribution NPDOs make and the daunting challenges they face when providing programs and services to persons with disabilities and their families.

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Action Notes - June 2013

June 2013 - Newsletters

Betty Anne Gagnon, a 48 year old legally blind and developmentally disabled person, was found dead in a pickup truck outside a rural convenience store near Sherwood Park, in November, 2009. The medical examiner found that Gagnon had died from a blunt force injury to her head, although they could not determine if it was caused by a blow to the face or by a fall. Her face was bruised and one eye was black. She wasn’t breathing and a paramedic pronounced her dead at the scene. Gagnon lived with her sister, Denise Scriven, and brother-in-law, Michael Scriven, before she died.

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Action Notes - May 2013

May 2013 - Newsletters

For 40 years, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities has been Alberta’s only provincial, cross-disability organization of and for people with disabilities.

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Action Notes - March 2013

March 2013 - Newsletters

In June 2012 the federal government announced that, over the next two years, it would be phasing out all federal grant funding to 17 national disability organizations, which includes the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). In 2013-2014, 35% of funding will be cut, in 2014-2015, 65% will be cut, and grant funding to national disability organizations will end in 2015-2016.

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Action Notes - February 2013

February 2013 - Newsletters

ACCD is in the process of carrying out a joint research project with the Interdisciplinary Health Research Academy (IHRA) at the University of Alberta to identify design characteristics of an optimal doctor’s office, diagnostic clinic, and medical equipment.

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2012 - 2013 Annual Report

January 2013 - Annual Reports

The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities dedicates its 2012-2013 Annual Report to Marlin Styner, whose dedication and hard work have significantly improved the lives of Albertans with disabilities.

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Action Notes - January 2013

January 2013 - Newsletters

Are you a person with a disability, or a family member or a friend of a person with a disability? If so, it is important that you know about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). A registered disability savings plan is a savings plan to help people with disabilities, their parents, and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.

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Action Notes - December 2012

December 2012 - Newsletters

The Primary Care Initiative (PCI) was established in 2003 by the Alberta Government, the Alberta Medical Association, and Alberta Health Services to improve access to family physicians as well as other health care providers in Alberta. The PCI developed Primary Care Networks which are referred to as PCNs.

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Action Notes - October 2012

October 2012 - Newsletters

Shawn Ewasiuk has been appointed as the new Director of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

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2011 - 2012 Annual Report

September 2012 - Annual Reports

For many years, we have dedicated our annual report to a person whose ties to the disability community are an integral part of his or her life, whether as a consumer or a supporter of the disability community. These individuals’ actions have inspired change, their wisdom has given pause, and their commitment has enhanced the quality of life of Albertans with disabilities. Over the past few years, for example, we have acknowledged the roles played by people like Gary McPherson, Hilda Campbell, and Percy Wickman.

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