In 1993, united by a strong desire to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Leaders from 30 Alberta-based disability organizations formed a coalition called Speaking Out: Fairness for Albertans with Disabilities. By coming together, these groups could speak with one voice concerning the issues faced by Albertans with disabilities. The group was committed to educating the province’s decision-makers of disability issues.
In 1998, Speaking Out and the Provincial Advisory Coalition joined forces to form the Alberta Disabilities Forum "(ADF)". Today, ADF consists of more than forty organizations—each guided by the fundamental belief that everyone has equal value and worth.
As a collective, we are committed to identifying issues that are common to all of our members, educating the public of disability-related issues and providing a deeper understanding of these issues to legislators, authorities and policy makers who make the decisions that affect the disability community.
Alberta Disabilities Forum activities are guided by a Steering Committee that is elected by the general membership.
The Provincial Coordinator works closely with the ADF Steering Committee and the ADF Working Groups. She conducts research, coordinates and facilitates meetings, projects, and training sessions. The Provincial Coordinator is also responsible of ADF reporting requirements to the Steering Committee.
The Voice of Albertans with Disabilities Society (VADS) -formerly the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) serves as the Alberta Disabilities Forum host agency. The host agency supports and manages the day-to-day operations of ADF under the direction of the ADF Steering Committee.
To provide a united voice to advance public policy on issues of importance to Albertans with disabilities.
To foster family leadership and advocacy in the pursuit of fully inclusive community lives for children and adults with developmental disabilities.Inclusion Alberta
With community support and collaboration, Alberta Easter Seals provides resources and services that enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families with disabilities and special needs.Easter Seals Alberta
The Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) is a parent-based, charitable society, begun by parents in 1971, to create a school for their children with autism.Autism Society of Edmonton and Area
To achieve its mission, Alberta Disabilities Forum is committed to the following activities: