Supporting Albertans With Disabilities

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“Albertans who live with disabilities deserve to live with the dignity and equal opportunities that all Albertans deserve. The United Conservatives believe the government should do more to support Albertans with disabilities and will enact policies to do so.”

To Support Albertans Living With Disabilities, A United Conservative Government Will:

  • Update the 2004 Standards for Special Education to reflect new technologies and practices, to ensure accountability for quality inclusive education, and to protect a vision of parental choice.
  • Provide funding of $1 million a year to restore the Wellness Resiliency and Partnerships program (ended by the NDP government) to support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in schools.
  • Provide $1.5 million in funding to expand the successful Family Managed Supports (FMS) model by establishing four new family governed resource centres to serve St. Paul, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, and Edmonton families
  • Work with First Nations and other Indigenous communities to increase access to supports for Indigenous families who have children with disabilities. And partner with First Nations and the Government of Canada to extend Alberta’s Persons with Development Disabilities (PDD) supports to adults with developmental disabilities on reserves using federal dollars as has been done for children’s FSCD supports.
  • Work with Albertans with disabilities to develop an approach to personal and individualized supports by restoring the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program to its pre-2009 eligibility criteria or by eliminating the existing division of age and access by incorporating PDD, the Brain Injury Initiative, FASD Networks funding and Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) into comprehensive programming that is family and individual-centered.
  • Make the Government of Alberta a leader in hiring Albertans with disabilities.
  • Provide $5 million a year to build on successful partnerships like Abilities at Work and the Rotary Employment Partnerships for new partnerships to create job opportunities for persons with disabilities.
  • Provide $2 million potential growth of the number of students with developmental disabilities to study in inclusive post-secondary education at Alberta universities, colleges and technical institutes.
  • Convene a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Action Group with members from the financial services industry, government and Albertans with disabilities. Allocate $500,000 annually to help Albertans open RDSPs and access the thousands of dollars in federal government grants and bonds available to them.
  • Support Albertans with disabilities to stay in their homes by reducing wait times and expanding access for Self-Managed Care and increasing funds available under the Residential Access Modification Program

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Approximately 400,000 Albertans report living with a disability, and those and statistics show that those with disabilities tend to have lower incomes, higher unemployment rates, and lower rates of participation in the labour force.  Of the 11,000 Albertans who qualify for employment supports through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program, 84% are unemployed.

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