ADF speaks with a united voice on issues that are important to its member organizations. The strength of our membership and our commitment to collaboration make us Alberta’s “go to” organization on disability issues. ADF activities fall into three main areas:
ADF influences progressive policy and responsible, accessible services to reflect the varied needs of Albertans with disabilities.
ADF builds partnerships with community organizations, businesses and other relevant stakeholders to provide information about and support for the inclusion of Albertans with disabilities.
ADF works with government to improve services for Albertans with disabilities. ADF makes policy and service recommendations, provides feedback on government initiatives and reviews and participates in government consultations.
ADF uses the collective expertise of its member organizations to develop service improvement strategies. When a disability-related issue that concerns ADF member organizations arises, a Working Group is formed. Over the years, Working Groups have focussed on a number of topics, including employment, housing, access to medications, home care and barrier-free design—to name a few.
Working Groups develop position papers and information packages. Learn more.
ADF helps build the capacities of its member organizations and supports them to speak with a united voice.
Each year, ADF hosts two member meetings that focus on the latest initiatives, research, programs and services impacting the lives of Albertans with disabilities. These meetings also provide members with the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest.
As well, ADF hosts a workshop each year that aims to support member organizations’ ability to build capacity.
ADF regularly distributes news articles, research updates, government media announcements and other disability-related information via email. This information is shared with individuals, member organizations, government and businesses.
If you would like to be added to the ADF email list, contact the Provincial Coordinator.
When a member organization has an event or initiative to promote or an announcement to make, they can get the word out through ADF’s email distribution list. As well, the ADF website highlights member organizations and their activities.
Every year, on December 3, the disability community celebrates the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day that “aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.” ADF actively supports provincial and local IDPD activities. Learn more.
If you would like to get involved with the ADF please email the ADF Provincial Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Working Groups are initiated as needed and usually have a life span of about one year. In that time, a Working Group
Working Group activities are recorded in ADF’s biannual reports.