AISH Increase

Posted November 2018

 

After decades of advocacy by Inclusion Alberta and the broader disability community the day has finally arrived in Alberta when AISH will be indexed to increases in the cost of living.  For more information please go to:

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/aish-and-seniors-benefits-will-increase-with-cost-of-living-under-ndp-bill

 

 

PDD Program Review

A review of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program will explore how to improve services for Albertans with developmental disabilities.

The review is part of the government’s commitment to improve supports for Albertans with disabilities.

“We are committed to listening to and working with the community on all issues that matter to them to make life better for Albertans with disabilities. This review will be an opportunity to explore ways to ensure this program remains relevant to the needs of Albertans today and into the future. I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with individuals, families, staff and advocates in shaping and conducting this review.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

For more information please click link below
https://www.alberta.ca/pdd-review.aspx

In the community

Coffee Talk

FREE Parent Coffee Social at your neighborhood coffee house, for parents trying to re-charge and connect with other families raising children with complex needs.

The 3rd Tuesday of Each Month
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Perks Coffee House

Spruce Grove, Alberta
Drop Ins always Welcome!

Resources

Disability Services (Children and Youth birth - up to 18th birthday)

Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.

​NEWS & EVENTS

COVID-19 update - 
Maitland House - We have started a staggered start to our weekends.  A maximum of 3 individuals will be booked per weekend. Due to this in order for all families to have opportunity a maximum of 2 weekends per month will be allowed at this time.  This will be changed as it is felt safe to do so.
Before and After school Care (Non School Days) - Starting the week of June 1st we will be introducing a staggered start.  We will be providing support Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00am - 5:30pm.  This will allow the ability to ensure proper disinfecting of areas before and after weekends.  Days and times will adjust as it is felt safe to do so.
Visitation of individuals within Group Home settings - We monitor the Alberta Government orders closely and currently (May 15th) under order# 16-2020 the following is what is in place and taken direct from the order.  
No visitors, including those designated as essential, are allowed entry into these facilities, except for visits:
Where the resident’s quality of life and/or care needs cannot be met without their assistance. Designated essential visitors may carry out quality of life and/or care related activities, as appropriate, where staff are unable to provide those due to emergent pandemic impacts, and where the designated essential visitors have been provided appropriate guidance, if needed.
Designated essential visitors must:
1. Pre-arrange visits with the operator (e.g.,Team Leader, or Manager).
2. Be escorted by site staff to the resident’s room and remain in the resident’s room for the duration of the visit other than when assisting with required quality of life or care activities (e.g. meal time) or supporting an outdoor visit.
3. Not visit with any other residents.
4. Must wear a mask continuously throughout their time in the facility and shall be instructed how to put on and take off that mask and any other personal protective equipment (PPE) that might be required.
5. Perform hand hygiene (including hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer) on entry and exit from rooms, when leaving and returning to the facility and as directed.
It is important for mental health to spend time outdoors. It is encouraged that residents be given an opportunity to spend time outdoors, and have safe outdoor visits when desired.  Outdoor visits with the designated essential visitor plus one other person (total group size of 3, including the resident) should be supported, when desired.   
Arrangements for the outside visit (including scheduling, frequency, feasibility, etc.) should be made by the designated essential visitor, or the resident, directly with the Team Leader or Manager.  Site circumstance (and the requirements for physical distancing and other protective measures ordered) may mean that not all desired visits are able to be accommodated.  
All outdoor visitors must continuously mask during the visit and follow appropriate physical distancing requirements, as appropriate (e.g. considerations for pushing wheelchair, being hard of hearing). Up to three or fewer people (including the resident) may be permitted at an outdoor visit.
Visitors, other than the designated essential visitor, will be asked to remain outdoors at all times (i.e. entry to the facility will not be permitted).  
If the only suitable outdoor space is solely accessible through access to the facility, and an outdoor visit is considered essential to quality of life, only a designated essential visitor is permitted and must follow all requirements for entering visitors. Staff must escort the visitor using the most direct path through the facility (home).
Any visitor who intends to enter a facility, and/or who cannot maintain physical distancing during an outdoor visit must be screened. This screening must be completed every time the designated essential visitor enters the site. Visitors who do not enter (i.e. outdoor visits) and follow all physical distancing during the outdoor visit are not required to be screened. Screening shall involve the following:
1. Temperature screening
2. COVID-19 Questionnaire
3. Confirmation of identity and “designated essential visitor” status (only if entering the building)
4. Documentation of arrival and exit times (only if entering the building)
Based on the above order starting May 22nd CommunityAIM will be allowing outside visits for up to 1 hour per day per individual.  Parameters have been put in place to ensure the safety of your loved one, the other individuals within the home and the staff members.
1. These visits will be required to be done on-site with walks permitted within 0.5km from the facility/home.  Failure to follow the 0.5km will result in no leaving of property for visits with visitor who failed to follow this requirements.
2. All designated visitors will be required to follow physical distancing (meaning no physical touching (ie holding hands, hugging,) If there is intentional failure to follow physical distancing it will result in that visitor not being permitted. 
3. All designated visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times including when on walks. 
4. Hand washing/sanitizing will be required upon entry and exiting of facility/home. 
5. All visitors will be required to be screened.
6. All visitors must set up days/times of visit a minimum of 24 hours prior to visit to ensure requested time can be provided and does not conflict with other visits or inability to provide physical distancing.  Times can start to be booked May 21st.
Visits Home - Regretfully Visits Home at this time (as of May 15th) will not be permitted unless the family can do a 10 day self isolation prior to returning individual to home.  If family should choose to take individual home and self-isolate then upon return Individual is not to visit or stop along way when returning to home.
Note that certain restrictions may be lifted as deemed safe to do so.  It is suggested to watch the CommunityAIM Facebook page and/or Website for updates.
Community Group Activities - We realize many opportunities for small get-together's has opened up however, currently these are still on hold until further notice.  It is felt at this time that it is still difficult to ensure physical distancing and safety measures are in place at community group locations.  Please watch the Facebook Page and Website for updates.
Upcoming Events

 

Currently there are no upcoming events.  Please check back

Resources

Inclusion Alberta - Advocate for Children and Adults

Inclusion Alberta is a family-based non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Together, we share a dream of meaningful family life and community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. As an advocacy organization we support families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) - Adults

Financial and health benefits for eligible Albertans with a permanent medical condition that prevents them from earning a living.

Disability Services (PDD) - Adults (18+)

PDD funds programs and services to help adult Albertans with developmental disabilities to be a part of their communities and live as independently as they can.

The program funds four kinds of staffing supports based on an individualized service plan:

  • Community Living Supports help individuals in their home (for example: meal planning and housekeeping)

  • Employment Supports train, educate and support individuals to get and keep jobs

  • Community Access Supports help individuals participate in their community (for example: volunteering, going to clubs, sports and other activities)

  • Specialized Community Supports are generally short-term supports to help with special circumstances (for example: extra help when a person is having trouble)

Disability Services (FSCD) - Children and Youth (up to age 18) - Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.

Gateway Association

In 1975, a group of passionate parents fought to open doors for their children. Gateway Association emerged as the “Gateway to a better life” they envisioned for people with disabilities and their families.

Gateway is a family resource centre and an employment resource centre that provides education, family support, mentorship and inclusive employment. It is our mission to assist the community to understand disabilities.

Are we missing a great resource that you think we should add? You can let us know by sending us an email with the suggestion to info@communityaim.org