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Keeping Good Services

The Disability Action Hall has been working hard on advocating for services that we need for a long time. Back in 2006 we offered a course on what a good worker and agency look like. To view some of that work, visit this link

PDD Change Initiative

Our government will be making some changes to Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Services. To help us understand these changes over the next two years, learn about these changes on the government website or check out Envision the Future (a group of concerned citizens, services providers, family members and PDD working together to address better help for Albertans). 

To look at the powerpoint presented by the government, visit this link.

One of the changes we are learning about is  $ 42.2 million has been reduced from PDD services

Many Albertans are concerned about the changes. We helped with a meeting on May 2nd, 2103  in Calgary to help us understand how these changes may affect us. 

We also sit on a provincial advisory to talk about how services can look for people with developmental disabilities.  We meet twice a year to help talk to the government. 

There has been some media coverage to help remind the government to plan with community before making big changes. Watch 'We the People' video to hear about why its important to be part of community! 

Media coverage about the Change Initiative and Cuts to PDD from 2013
Here is community reaction to the webcast made on April 15th about the changes: 

Tweet from MLA Rachael Notley, April 15th
Calgary Herald April 16th,  2013 Information meeting
Calgary Sun, April 17th, 2013 Information meeting
Global News coverage, Lethbridge rally April 24th, 2013
CBC News, May 2nd, 2013 Meeting with Oberle
Global News, May 2nd, 2013 Meeting with Oberle
1 hour footage of Minister Oberle and questions asked at  provincial community May 2nd, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta
- May 15th Rally at the Legislature, video
- BlockParty article May 25th, Edmonton Journal
-Cuts to Disability Programs cost jobs, Calgary Herald, article May 29th, 2013. 
Many more links and opinions from Albertans can also be found on our facebook page. 

What next? 
We took part in a community planning meeting in August 2013 to help our province imagine better services and supports for Albertans with disabilities. We also held another update on what is happening to PDD services in February 2014. To see the real time captioned notes of community concerns, follow this link.  

What is a good worker? 

In the past we have collected stories on what a good worker is and what good help looks like. We also known our workers do not get paid enough to stay with us for a long time. We want to help our workers to be paid better. You can also learn about the Alberta Disability Workers Association (ADWA) and hear what a provincial group of front workers has to say about being paid well enough to stay in the field. 

What does it mean to be safe? 

We recently held a candlelight vigil to help remember the many lives of people with disabilities that have been lost to abuse. In particular, the case of Betty Anne Gagnon. To learn about her life and story, please visit this link.  Please be warned the content is disturbing.

We believe everyone has the right to education to be safe. We also work with and an action group on domestic violence as we realize many people are hurt by people they may known and love. To learn more  about the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective, please visit this link. 

If you wonder if you are being hurt or wonder if someone else is being hurt, please visit the connect website to learn more. 

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