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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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An Inventory of Training Materials 2004

In 2002, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) completed a research project that examines the issue of violence against women with disabilities in Alberta. As a part of that project, we interviewed women with disabilities, victim services staff, women’s shelter directors, counsellors, caregivers, and many other front-line workers. Through these interviews, we learned that many people with disabilities, their advocates, and front- line workers felt they did not have adequate access to training/awareness-raising materials that raise awareness about violence against women/people with disabilities. They felt the materials they were using were out of date, more relevant to non-disabled individuals, or not readily obtainable.

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Raising Instructor Awarness 2003

September 2003 - Projects and Research

We know that individuals with disabilities are pursuing post-secondary training in growing numbers. The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) reports, “With this growth comes an increasing need for awareness among faculty and staff with respect to the accommodation of students with disabilities in the classroom.” ACCD has coordinated the development of instructor awareness-raising workshop materials. Students with disabilities shared insights and experiences, and contributed to developing the content.

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Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Break the Silence! 2002

Early in 1999, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) received a phone call asking if we could assist a woman with a disability who was being abused in her home. The caller had received a request from a neighbour of the woman being abused. The neighbour believed that the victim, who was in a wheelchair, was being repeatedly abused by her caregivers. The police had been called and had visited the home, but the woman remained in her home and the abuse continued. When ACCD asked the caller about her role in the situation, she said she was calling from Social Services, that she received these types of calls “all the time,” and that she didn’t know where to turn for assistance. Shortly after receiving this phone call from Social Services, ACCD met with Status of Women Canada to propose a project that would examine the issue of violence against women with disabilities. Through this project we hope to address the specific safety needs of women with disabilities who live independently in Alberta.

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Violence Against Women with Disabilities Brochures 2002

In the Violence Against Women with Disabilities project, ACCD found that women with disabilities who live independently in the community, outside of institutionalized settings, face a specific set of personal safety issues. While the women identified many areas of need, they emphasized the importance of educating women with disabilities and their personal support systems in recognizing, addressing, and becoming aware of the issue of violence in the lives of women with disabilities. The purpose of this project was to develop five educational brochures regarding women with disabilities and violence.
 

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