Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, the United Nations has declared the theme to be: Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.
“Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.
Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology, or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.”
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Cross Disability Support & Services Initiative
The Cross Disability Support Services (CDSS) initiative assists Albertans with disabilities who require specialized services that they are unable to access, or do not qualify for, through other means. The CDSS initiative provides support for targeted groups of adults with disabilities .
Supports and Services
CDSS provides a diverse range of services across Alberta including:
- Supporting connections with community services.
- Promoting independent living skills training and/or mentoring.
- Exploring volunteer opportunities and recreational supports.
- Supporting persons managing vision loss.
- Providing connections to interpreter and intervener services.
- Supplying adaptive equipment.
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Did you know this program is available from Alberta Human Services - Disability Services?:
Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative
The goal of the Community Access for People in Continuing Care (CAPCC) initiative is to provide supports to Albertans under the age of 65, living in continuing care centres who are socially and culturally isolated. Community Access Coordinators focus on individual goals to develop supports to help individuals participate in community activities in an effort to reduce social isolation and develop, maintain and enhance the involvement of family and friends.
Community Access Coordination Services
Community Access Coordinators are available to assist residents in continuing care to become more active in their community. Individual service plans are developed based on a person’s interests and the activities available in their community. Activities could include: outings with family and friends, volunteer activities, church or spiritual activities, movies or continuing education.
Further information: Community Access for People in Continuing Care Initiative
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Easter Seals Canada administers the The Disability Travel Card (TM) program. When presented with the card, participating Canadian coach operators and Via Rail offer reduced fares for companions accompanying persons with disabilities who cannot travel alone.
An Authorized Health Care Provider must sign the application form attesting to your disability. These include Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Rehabilitation Counselors and Audiologists.
Click the link above for further information and the application form.
Resource Centre Director Karl Lottes is a Registered Social Worker authorized to complete and sign Section B of the application form for Southern Albertans with Huntington disease whose disability qualifies them for the program.