Dec 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It has been an incredible year and we a grateful for all the policy changes and recommendations made to ensure Albertans live with dignity. We are now able to afford the bus, to live in the communities of our choice and no longer needing a doctor's note if we wish to get married.  


We wish all of you a safe and joyous holiday and all the best in 2017.

And if you haven't had enough celebrations and wish to enjoy some good eats, 

Come join us for our festive brunch on

Friday, December 23rd from 10 am to 12 pm at the Vantage/SCOPE Office located at 219, 18 Street SE. (Mayland Heights Industrial Park)
(RSVP by Tuesday, December 20th to Anna at 403.509.0200 so we know how much food to prepare). 

Warmest wishes of the Season, 

Members of the Disability Action Hall





Dec 15, 2016

Sharing our gratitude

Sharing our gratitude for Alberta's government listening and putting people first. Thank you.

To read the full report with the 11 recommendations of the Safety Standards Visit the government website to download your copy! 

Dec 9, 2016

Happy International Human Rights Day

Happy International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

Enjoy this illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (also in many languages).
Quick quiz... which article is about the right to have housing?





Dec 1, 2016

Celebrating Diversity and Sustainability UN December 3 2016

Images of Sustainable Goals and three festivals in Calgary Dec 2
This year United Nations theme for International Day of Disabled Persons are 17 Sustainable Development Goals citizens want by 2030.

Calgary is also celebrating in a big way with three festivals on December 2nd. All events are free admission and family-friendly.

  • The City of Calgary's "Live, play, work and thrive in Calgary" at City Hall 11 am-2 pm
  • Community Celebration at Jack Singer 10am -1 pm
  • Closing reception for the Spark Festival at Indefinite Arts 6 pm-8 pm



Nov 8, 2016

A real big win celebrating all life events for persons with disabilities

Members of the Right to Love Group are very pleased the Alberta Government has amended the "Vital Statistics and Life Events Modernization Act" (Bill 29)

"It is a real step forward for all Albertans and rights a wrong from many years ago."
-Denise Young


The amendment to the act (link to news release) could not have come a better time for the many friends and citizens who happen to also be represented adults in Alberta. 
A real big win celebrating life events
for all Albertans regardless of disability!

Given the November is the month to help reduce family violence, by acknowledging everyone has the right to have a healthy relationship It will help encourage all Albertans to have safe and fulfilling lives.  Historically many persons with developmental disabilities rights to love has been denied.  

"Acknowledging a person’s right to marry is a huge step forward towards recognizing the dignity of person with disabilities to have the same rights as all Albertans. We are very encouraged the Alberta Government that understands there are enough checks and balances within government to assist an individual’s right to choose be married.  We all have the right to love, we all deserve the right to be safe and in happy, healthy relationships."
-Colleen Huston

Members of the Right to Love, The Disability Action Hall and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, friends and allies from around the province and beyond worked very hard for this amendment and we are very pleased with this symbolic gesture.

Thank you Government of Alberta and to all who helped make this amendment possible.


Here is some of the Right to Love Members answering the question, what is the right to love! 


Congratulations and thank you Alberta Government! 





Nov 5, 2016

Lessons we have learned

Members of the Disability Action Hall will be joining some movers and shakers today at the Community Learning Development Initiative. 

Just in case you missed our talk, check it out! 
Link to our presentation

Oct 26, 2016

Safety Standards Final Report is Out!

The Alberta government sent out the report called "Supporting Safe and Inclusive Lives". 

"This report will help guide the Government of Alberta’s actions to enable Albertans with developmental disabilities to live safely, inclusively, and with dignity at home and in their communities"

Media Coverage
CBC News Edmonton 


The report said there are 11 ways Albertans may live safely in their homes.
Image modified from copywright @Showsweet.com

Link to the news release
Link to the final report *plainer language
Link to the final report (non-plain language) 



What's next? 

Have a look at the Phase two as to what people said will be important when we move forward. 
https://goo.gl/T0YF1d


What Albertans said about 5 ideas talked about in phase two

Oct 17, 2016

Celebrating a better Canada for All

For International Day to Eradicate Poverty, members of the Hall attended a national talk about what Accessilbity means to us. 

You too can help. Canadians have until February 17th to send in ideas. 

Visit the slide show below to learn more.




Sep 15, 2016

Jun 14, 2016

Round two of Homes Talks begin! Fill out survey by July 6th, 2016


Round 2 of Home and Safety Talks started!  

Link to Round 2 Survey
There are lots of ways to share your story... 


1. Do the survey by July 6th, 2016 by yourself or as a group






2. Try a webinar. (You will have to register)

Monday June 20th 10 am to 12 pm or Monday June 27th 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Monday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register



3. Or join a focus group in Calgary or Edmonton








Questions? 
Try emailing: 

Jun 6, 2016

Thank you for the Right to Dream and talking to us Alberta!

Members of the Disability Action Hall and friends have been celebrating since Friday, June 3rd with the Right to Dream.



Since then, the Alberta government has announced an affordable housing consultation and has also ended the supports intensity scale interviews to determine supports for PDD services. 


We are very proud we have a government that believes good policy is made with everyone. We are proud to support a government that believes it is "Nothing about us, without us." 





To learn more about the chance to have your say, look at the following: 


Affordable housing Survey, takes only 10 minutes! 


An end to the Supports Intensity Scale (Edmonton Journal, June 6th, 2016)


Municipal Affairs Governance Act Changes (Summer Tour)



These last few days we need to celebrate these great steps! 


Congratulations to all who helped make our dreams of citizenship, a reality! 


And we hope you have your say in the upcoming talks and surveys this summer!