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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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Action Notes - June 2012

June 2012 - Newsletters

The Government of Alberta has launched its Speak. Share. Thrive. public consultation initiative asking Albertans to share their ideas about “how social policy can achieve better outcomes for Alberta’s children, families, individuals, and communities.”

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Action Notes - May 2012

May 2012 - Newsletters

On May 8, 2012, Premier Alison Redford announced a new government structure which she says will change the way government does business. “This restructuring is about achieving our goals and aligning our workforce with the priorities of this government,” said Premier Redford.

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Action Notes - April 2012

April 2012 - Newsletters

The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities encourages members of the disability community, friends, and supporters to participate in the April 23, 2012, provincial election. We have time now to actively raise our voices and talk about the changes we would like to see happen in Alberta to improve programs and services for people with disabilities.

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Action Notes - March 2012

March 2012 - Newsletters

In this edition of ACCD’s Action Notes, we bring forward nine key disability issues taken from the Election 2012 Fact Sheets of the Alberta Disabilities Forum’s Election Readiness Working Group. We believe politicians need to think about these issues before getting into office. We provide recommendations explaining what we would like to see happen for people with disabilities in the areas of Access to Medications, Alberta Aids to Daily Living, Education, Employment, Home Care, Housing, Income Support, Transportation, and Recreation.

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Action Notes - February 2012

February 2012 - Newsletters

Why Vote?

The next few months will influence policies and programs for years to come, and it is crucial that people with disabilities be included. This is an opportunity to have our voices heard and help shape the direction our province will take in the future. The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities is encouraging all members of our community to participate in this important process.

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Action Notes - January 2012

January 2012 - Newsletters

What Will an Increase in AISH Mean to Recipients?

During last year’s race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, soon-to-be Premier, Alison Redford, announced that AISH recipients would receive a $400/month increase.

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2010 - 2011 Annual Report

May 2011 - Annual Reports
2010 - 2011 Annual Report

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Barrier Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta 2011

January 2011 - Projects and Research
The Canadian healthcare system is established on the principle of universal healthcare. Every Canadian is entitled to "reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers." Despite the existence of protective healthcare legislation, many Albertans continue to experience marginalized status when accessing health and medical services. ACCD's Barrier-Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta project is an initiative conducting a study to identify the barriers that Albertans with disabilities face when accessing preventative and ongoing health services.

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2009 - 2010 Annual Report

May 2010 - Annual Reports
2009 - 2010 Annual Report

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Assessing Barrier-Free Hotels and Hotel Accommodations in Alberta 2009

For people with disabilities, traveling is often fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to hotel accessibility. In recent years, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) has been approached by an increasing number of individuals and groups who are concerned by the lack of accessible accommodation in Alberta’s hotel industry. We have heard from people with disabilities who attend conferences, families traveling with children who have a disability, and many others who have found their travels compromised by inaccessible accommodations.

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2008 - 2009 Annual Report

May 2009 - Annual Reports
2008 - 2009 Annual Report

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Safe Haven Workshop - Enhancing Accessibility in Alberta's Women's Shelters 2009

ACCD first became aware of, and then involved with, the issue of violence against women with disabilities in the late 1990s. At that time, we received phone calls, heard first-hand reports, and made observations regarding the vulnerability of women with disabilities.

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Negotiating for the Future: Accessing Workplace Accommodations 2006

ACCD has developed Negotiating for the Future:  Accessing Workplace Accommodations, a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of full participation, equity and accessibility in the workplace. The curriculum, which builds on the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission publications Duty to Accommodate (2002) and Duty to Accommodate Students with Disabilities in Post-secondary Education (2004), emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the positions of both parties when negotiating for workplace accommodations.  We had two goals in mind as we developed this curriculum:  to improve access to workplace accommodations and to enhance the relationships we foster when we seek support for our workplace endeavours.

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Raising Disability Awareness in Alberta's Schools 2005

January 2005 - Projects and Research

This publication grew out of the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities’ first-hand experience with the myths and stereotypes that negatively affect the lives of people with disabilities. ACCD is an organization of and for people with disabilities, and our members deal with discriminatory attitudes every day. That’s why, in 1990, ACCD established its school outreach program. In this program speakers with disabilities visit elementary and junior high classes in the Edmonton area to talk about the realities of living with a disability. They answer questions, tell stories, and give students the opportunity to interact with someone who has a disability. Our program offers children an authentic view of people with disabilities, a view that counters the myths and stereotypes that may influence perceptions of us.

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