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Our Story

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.

Steering Committee

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.

Host Agency

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. 

Our Mission Statement

To provide a united voice to advance public policy on issues of importance to Albertans with disabilities.

Member Spotlight

  • Olds Association For Community Living

    Olds Association for Community Living offers support to persons with mental and physical challenges who are seeking support for their daily lives and vocational needs. They strive to ensure that each individual they serve is given the best opportunities to grow in all aspects of their life. They believe that persons with developmental disabilities have the right to establish a home in the community of their choice, and should be given the support required to be contributing and responsible members of society.

    Olds Association For Community Living
  • Autism Society of Edmonton and Area

    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
  • Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS)

    Our Mission: Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society is committed to providing high quality Equine Assisted Therapy to Peace Country residents. Our Vision: To support individuals of all ages and abilities to maximize their growth and potential; physically, cognitively, behaviourally and socially, through equine assisted programs and activities.

    Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS)

Our Work

​To achieve its mission, Alberta Disabilities Forum is committed to the following activities:

  • Facilitating communication, cooperation and coordination among members and other stakeholders.
  • Disseminating information across the Province.
  • Identifying gaps and needs and recommending solutions regarding the design, delivery and funding of services and supports.
Alberta Disabilities Forum
106-10423 178 Street NW
Phone: 780-488-9088
Toll-free: 1-800-387-2514
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