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January 17, 2020

Our response how to make sure Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities helps all who need it

The government tells us there are now more people who need help with Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program but may not getting any more money to help people. 
They asked us what to do. 
To see the questions asked visit this link. 

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How does the government help more people with no increase in the budget?
Here are just some of our responses. 
To see more, visit this link (2 pages)  

  • We think the PDD Budget needs more money, 
  • A plan is needed and built by the community. 
  • We also don't like to pit one person who has greater needs against another person who has fewer. 
  • We think if the government follows our advice to what we said in the PDD review and looked at us as whole people, whole lives... it will help keep costs down. 
  • Picture of a person and their worker surrounded by ideas
    Whole People, Whole Lives 2018 PDD Review
  • If the government turns away people, then it will cost more money down the road.

We appreciate the government asked what to do. 

People can send their ideas to John Stinson and Jason Chance 

Nothing about us, without us! 

January 10, 2020

'Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program' needs your ideas

Did you know the Alberta government has a certain amount of money for services to people with developmental disabilities? 

The program wants to help new people that are coming in to get services, help the people with complex needs and people with fewer needs to access employment, support at home and live a high quality of life. 
However, there may not be an increase in the Spring 2020 budget to help everyone who needs it.  

We were asked to think about these 4 questions for budget 2020:

1. How can the Person with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program add more people without more costs?

2. How can we help people with complex service needs?

3. Are some ways for PDD to work better? 
[e.g. Family Managed Services (FMS)] or is there something new to try?

4. What are we doing that we can stop doing because it doesn’t help people on PDD?

We hope to talk more about these ideas over the next week. 
Stay tuned for an update and feel free to leave a comment or email the Minister directly at or call (780)643-6210.

Human Rights Advocates share their ideas and questions about how to keep People in Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program.