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.
The Metis Child and Family Services Society exists to strengthen and support the health and well-being of Metis families and communities.Metis Child & Family Services Society
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Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story. Engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.L'Arche Association of Calgary
To achieve its mission, Alberta Disabilities Forum is committed to the following activities: