ALIGN Bulletin – What’s happening in the Disabilities Sector? October 2020

ALIGN Newsletter What’s Happening in the Disabilities Sector October 2020
ALIGN Newsletter What’s Happening in the Disability Sector? October 2020
The Disabilities Sector is potentially in a risky place. Many of the agencies that provide services for children and families also provide services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) or Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) services. It is important that we support Alberta Council for Disability Services (ACDS) advocacy work as it may have a collateral effect on many of your colleagues. What is the issue? On June 10, the Government of Alberta (GoA) issued a notice to select AUPE members and guardians of individuals with disabilities, regarding the government’s exploration of alternative service delivery for individuals currently served in public institutions. The AUPE’s anti-privatization committee subsequently responded with the Protect Disability Services campaign that has garnered some media and social media interest. While the campaign reasonably addresses the challenges of any changes to families, guardians and individuals currently supported in the public institutions under consideration, as well as potential job losses, the language around “privatization of disability services” is misleading, and has created a false narrative around the historic and current service delivery of persons with developmental disabilities… Read Full Bulletin and Learn More about ACDS Social Media

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