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.
Connect Society of Edmonton exists to help Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their families to fully participate in society.Connect Society of Edmonton
To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self reliance and full community participation.Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
Connecting people and building community through skill development, education and employment.On Site Placement
To achieve its mission, Alberta Disabilities Forum is committed to the following activities: