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December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays from the Disability Action Hall

Go with the snow and have lots of fun
and wear a big grin 'til the holidays done!

Happy Holidays from the Disability Action Hall


December 11, 2020

Digital Citizenship - T-H-I-N-K before your post, toolkit for "Taking charge of why you can"

Being stuck at home can sometimes be hard.  

A few years ago we asked Calgary Police Services to come in and talk to us about digital citizenship. They shared an infographic called “THINK” on how to be a good digital citizen. 

THINK is a very good reminder of how to check in with yourself before you post. 

Sometimes it is hard to handle all the information from the TV, the Internet, and social media, especially when we are living on our own, away from our friends and families. It can be stressful. 

We want to remind people to call 2-1-1 if life at home gets overwhelming. As people like to share different opinions about recent government decisions and COVID19.  Managing people's opinions and information out there can be hard, especially when they may not match our own opinions. 

Please check out the "Taking Charge of what you can: A COVID-19 Toolkit" made by Alberta Health Services that was shared in the Vibrant Calgary Communities Dec 11th newsletter. It is a great tool kit on how to manage life at home and staying healthy.

December 2, 2020

Looking for something to do? Check out these free events happening December 3rd to December 10th!


Stuff to do Dec 3-10! 

International Day of Disabled Persons...
 5 celebrations and counting!   

Thursday, December 3rd, International Day of Disabled Persons.  

There are celebrations happening everywhere! The Disability Action Hall will be part of a 11 ½ hour celebration around the world. We present at noon; festivities begin at 7:00 am, yes - 7 am!    

Calgary IDDP IDPD Calgary 2020 1 – 3:15 p.m. MST (virtual) 
Coping with COVID - Thriving with Technology 

Open to people with disabilities, caretakers, family members and organizations who help people with disabilities. Free to attend! Pre-registration deadline is Nov 20, 2020. Closed captioning will be provided. Keynote speaker Drum circle Discussion Panel Alvin Law and music therapy, JB music 

Edmonton IDDP 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Storytelling - Tickets on Eventbrite  

Celebrating IDPD 2020 with Shelley Moore 

by Strategic Alliance for Alberta Students with Learning Challenges Society Join us to celebrate IDPD with an online presentation by inclusive educator, researcher, consultant and storyteller Shelley Moore! Register on EventBrite  

Lethbridge 12 pm International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and Inclusion Awards 

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and Inclusion Awards event will be taking place on December 3rd starting at noon. This year's theme will be 'Inclusive Social Distancing' focusing on what people, community groups, and organizations are doing to help connect people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dec 3, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Zoom Meeting 

Sunday December 6th, 2020 Jewish Centre IDDP Concert 

FREE virtual concert and conversation with Joanie Calem, as we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00pm (MST). Please feel free to share this invitation with members of your community. 

Monday, December 7th, Albertans Advocating for Change Together Summit #6 Self-Advocacy and You 

Join us for our sixth and final online summit where we want to hear from YOU! What have you learned about self-advocacy? What issues are you passionate about changing and how can you create that change? Unsure? That's ok! We will work together to find those solutions! ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be available during this event if you need these services please contact us before the event. This event is closed captioned with ASL  

Thursdays, Coffee Time 11 to 12 pm (Ongoing) 

The Alex has a coffee and chat group every Thursday morning.  Coffee Time with Peer Advocates (Virtual) Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm 

Our Peer Advocates are back and ready to chat! Join them to connect, share and learn about what’s going on in community. Everyone is welcome! Click the Zoom link to join. Contact Ariam at or 403-863-3953 to learn more. Come and learn about Alex Food Centre and learn about more places for food! 

Action Dignity International Human Rights Day December 10th, 2020 

Beginning at 5:30 and there will be a great slam poetry by the Youth of Action Dignity starting at 6:30 and then concert series at 7 pm. Register on Eventbrite 

The Disability Action Hall meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm (Ongoing) 

Our next meeting is December 10th, 2020. We change the zoom code every week so if you would like to join us email us at As well, check out our “What is disability pride and culture” video which we will be showing on December 3rd, 2020  

Re-Entry Guide 

Calgary Ability Network “Re-Entry Strategy for Persons with Disabilities Guide” Check out the  guide hot off the presses for December, link to download the PDF here.  Lots of great tips, images and suggestions to life safely! 

October 12, 2020

Want to end poverty? Here's how on Oct 17th

October 17th is a day around the world where the United Nations recognize  "International Day to Eradicate Poverty" This year we want to invite you to take part in how to end poverty If you are looking for ideas, then check out the following websites and events: 

17-Day Challenge "How do we end poverty" 

A 1-minute film festival where members of the Disability Action Hall share solutions to end Poverty.  A video has been released every day since October 1st to help raise awareness of the official United Nations "International Day to Eradicate Poverty on October 17th. We posted the videos on our Facebook Page and Twitter sites. If you missed it, or wish to see the entire festival at your own pace, you may also see all the Youtube playlist here.

Image of City of Calgary framed in black

October is End Poverty Month

Did you know in Calgary it is End Poverty Month, all month? 

Then check out The proclamation by Mayor Nenshi and learn more about events happening all month on the  "Enough for All" website, 
hosted by Vibrant Communities Calgary

Dignity for All Canada 'Chew on This' Campaign 

Did we mention people are doing things around the world? If you would like to take part in a Canada action, then visit  

"Chew This" campaign to take part in the following: 

  • Webinars to join leading up to October 17th, 2020
  • E-march scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, October 17th, MST time on zoom, 
  • Letter-writing campaign to write to MPs and media about ending poverty. 

Poverty Talks Calgary 

Poverty Talks is hosting a discussion called 'Poverty is Talking, It's Time to Listen' from 1 pm on October 17th. 

To join in the conversation and please register here. 

Calgary Ability Network 

The Calgary Ability Network's 'One Way to End Poverty'
 Raising awareness about poverty, one story at a time. 
Please watch the Calgary Ability Network  on Instagram every hour on the hour on October 17th, 2020. 


October 9, 2020

8 things we believe about AISH (Assured Income for Severely Handicapped)

We believe there are eight things we would like Albertans to know about AISH. We want to thank you for stopping by hope by sharing our message is "easy as pie" to share why AISH matters. We have provided downloadable versions:
  • Plain language (PDF) 
  • Longer version (PDF) 
  • A summary of why we believe in these principles (PDF) 

What we believe (Principles)
for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

Stop sign with 8 pizza slices illustrating 8 principles

  1. People should get enough money to live on when they have a disability and cannot get enough paid work.

  2. How you decide if someone gets AISH is based on clear rules and on the person’s life experience. 
  3. Anyone who needs to get AISH should be able to understand the rules and what they need to do to apply. 
  4. The government needs to work with us when they make changes to the AISH program. They need to be careful so people do not get hurt.
  5. AISH should be open enough that if you are able to be employed, it is easy to get and keep paid work and still get AISH support. 
  6. AISH staff should have good training and understand disabilities so they can work well with people on the program. 
  7. That people who apply for or receive AISH supports are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect. 
  8. That when people with disabilities can do paid work, we work together to change the things in society that stop them from having a job or being part of the community.