Disability News: Alberta Canada


Health and disabilities statistics information and disability news from Alberta Canada.

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Information regarding the Province of Alberta, including facts and statistics, and news.

The Ministry provides financial supports, health-related benefits, housing supports and community inclusion supports to help Albertans with disabilities be as active as possible in their communities.

The Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring all Albertans have the skills, knowledge and supports they need to be successful in their lives and in society.

To help Albertans with disabilities improve their lives and fully participate in Alberta society, 12 provincial ministries administer 28 disability related programs at a cost of $2.1 billion dollars annually.

Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) provides ongoing employment supports to help persons with disabilities to complete AHRE programs, enter the workforce, maintain employment, and complete their education through post-secondary institutions, basic training or academic upgrading.

In addition the Training for Work program assists low-income Albertans including disabled persons in gaining occupational skills and some basic academic and/or employability skills needed to obtain employment and become self-sufficient.

Alberta Disability Links

Alberta Council of Disability Services

ACDS is the representative association for 130 member agencies that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities - http://www.acds.ca

Alberta Community Disability Services

Our Mission is to support people with disabilities in overcoming the obstacles they face each day - http://communitydisabilityservicesalberta.com

Alberta Association for Supported Employment (AASE)

We are an association of service agencies who share a vision and a commitment to Supported Employment, which runs strong within our profession - http://aase.ca/links/

Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities

The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities is a consumer-directed organization that actively promotes full participation in society for Albertans with disabilities - http://www.accd.net

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) Alberta

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is a national network that was created in 1989 to motivate and assist Canadians with a disability to become more physically active - http://www.ala.ca/Content/Prov-Terr/Alberta/AlbertaHome.asplangid=1

Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA) is a registered charity that provides information and support for people with learning disabilities - http://www.ldaa.ca/

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides financial and health-related assistance to eligible adults with a disability - http://www.seniors.gov.ab.ca/aish/

Community Futures Alberta

For over 20 years, Community Futures organizations have been helping businesses and communities in Alberta with business advisory and economic development services - http://www.cfna.ca/index.htm

Statistics: Alberta Disability

The report Alberta Profile on Persons with Disabilities in the Labor Force indicates there are more than 350,000 individuals with one or more disabilities in Alberta. Nearly 15% of Albertans aged 15 and over report having one or more disabilities, including those with a developmental or cognitive disability, acquired brain injury, sensory impairment and mobility limitations.

  • Life expectancy in Alberta for women between 2005 and 2007 was 83, while for men it was 78.
  • The year 2008 found men and women in Alberta losing 8.1 days of work due to illness or disability.
  • In 2009, 1,144,136 males in Alberta had a regular doctor, and 1,264,144 females did. The year 2009 also found 170,413 males experiencing a form of arthritis, while 257,611 females experienced the disability.
  • 46% of females with disabilities and 48% of males with disabilities in Alberta complete some level of post-secondary education.
  • More than half (52%) of Albertans with disabilities aged 15 to 64 are employed. This is the second highest employment rate in Canada, and significantly higher than the Canadian national average of 41.5%.

Latest Alberta Publications

New plan to address social isolation among Edmonton seniors is being implemented through a collaborative set of projects.

Budget includes increase of 2.5% - 4% for Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) and Inclusive Education Funding.

Accessibility initiative will ensure new and existing residential housing, commercial buildings and public institutions are accessible for all.

University of Alberta study shows fluency shaping can improve stuttering and speech in children with Down syndrome.

The Alberta Association for Community Living remain deeply concerned about those individuals who require support but who do not qualify for the PDD program.

For kids with disabilities it is important to feel included, be accepted and valued particularly by their peers.

Province lags behind on workplace safety farm worker rights and temporary foreign workers.

Alberta is the only Canadian province that uses immoral incentives to deny WCB benefits to injured workers.

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