Stretching across Alberta, support networks of thousands of front-line workers strive to ensure the highest possible quality of life for those supported by the disability sector.

ADWA exists to build recognition of this field, help develop professional careers that are supported and advanced by certification, education and the recognition of core competencies. This ultimately helps meet the quality of life standards for Albertans served by this field.

Please browse the site, view ADWA's mission, its history and the long-term vision for disability services  we are working toward. View available jobs, upcoming training or other events, and news items of interest Take out a membership, and even consider  volunteering your time and expertise.

ADWA is membership-owned and driven. It exists because of the support and commitment of its members. ADWA's long-term goals will provide disability sector workers with a valued and fulfilling professional career, one in which personal certifications, experiences and competencies are recognized across the province. Members of the disability workforce will be able to make a long-term investment in their career, which in turn will be  well-supported by similar investments in the field by government and service providers. 

This is a vision which, at the end of the day, means stronger support networks for our fellow Albertans.


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followed this page 2016-10-16 18:45:42 -0600
commented 2015-01-03 17:40:36 -0700 · Flag
Thank for the info. I support your cause.

Aurelie of the website specialised in health insurance (mutuelle santé)
signed up 2014-04-07 20:01:09 -0600
commented 2013-11-27 12:17:58 -0700 · Flag
New to ADWA, glad to see there is someone out there who is advocating for a descent wage for people working in this sector. Keep the pressure on the GOA they are notorious for backing out of their promises.
commented 2013-05-20 00:03:05 -0600 · Flag
Mark I have the educational credentials having completed the 1st year of the social work program along with the fundamentals course at Cardston Handicapped Association with only one section being left out. I have experience of 5-6 years now in the field. I feel we need to have more political clout along with the education to make our voices heard like social workers, Doctors, Accountants thats why I joined this association when it was chartered 3 years ago. This is what we need to promote the essential services we give as caregivers. If we went on strike the only people who would be really hurt would be our fellow members of society who we look after. Lets get some people with the courage to stand up to the government and let them know that revisions need to be made starting at the top and working down. In government in the PDD and all associations that will not listen to those of us who would protect the rights of our clients by fighting for them and us to be able to keep giving our services to them.

Enough said. Maybe we can convince Calgary and Edmonton both to vote for a government next time that will be more fiscally responsible and cut back in the right departments of bureaucrats that are not necessary to run a great province such as ours.
commented 2013-05-19 22:41:12 -0600 · Flag
For seven years I have been supporting four individuals with behavioral problems and also have disabilities. I have never been happy with what I am being paid for the job i do but have had promise after promise from our Government that IF ELECTED they will give a raise to us all and then to our surprise they have to cut back. The people I support would not be able to live or go out in the community with out our support and guidence. Why does the Government not look at what we do as a essential service and pay us for the job we do.My job is the most rewarding job with loads of successes,some let downs and every day struggles. The Government needs to wake up and realize that our services are essential and start paying us accordingly. No more promises in less you plan on going through with them. I am so tired of promises not being kept.
commented 2013-05-01 23:12:37 -0600 · Flag
Good segment on CTV National last night Wed May 1 on need for caregivers for Autistic persons. All Government MLAS need to see this.
Would love to find a job in the field again. ITs a no go because of the government cuts and people running to get their jobs secured before July 1
We need more political action and less being mamby pamby with a government which is no longer listening.

Robert Ward
Charter Member of ADWA.
followed this page 2013-05-01 15:47:32 -0600
commented 2013-04-18 16:05:26 -0600 · Flag
Enough is enough! This program has already been discontinued elsewhere (including Red Deer) Educational credentials are critical building blocks to skilled employees.

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