Alberta Disability Workers Association
Building a Valued, Proud & Professional Workforce
Training Events

In addition to the training opportunities found here, the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) also provides an extensive listing of courses of interest to disability workers at

Upcoming Training

Employment Standards and Health & Safety Committee Webinars

The Government of Alberta is offering free webinars explaining employment standard and recent changes to them. To get more information about the following webinars or to register, click here for the link.

  • Employment Standards in Alberta: Averaging Agreements - next webinar TBA.
  • Employment Standards in Alberta: Hours of Work and Pay - next webinar TBA
  • Employment Standards in Alberta - General Holidays, General Holiday Pay and Vacations - next webinar TBA
  • Overview of Changes to Employment Standards - next webinar Thursday, March 28, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

There are also OHS webinars available for health & safety committees and health & safety representatives. To get more information about the following webinars or to register, click here. For a list of approved health and safety representative  trainers, click here.

  • Health and Safety Committees and Representatives - next webinars Wednesday, March 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Conferences

Inclusion Alberta Family Conference 2019

This year's conference will include two full day workshops on Friday: "From Barriers to Belonging: Supporting Inclusion in Secondary Schools using the Power of Peers" by Erik Carter, Ph.D. and "Reducing the Risk of Abuse and Addressing its Impact: Developing an individual response plan" by Nora Baladerian, Ph.D. Saturday has a number of sessions you're sure to find instructive. The president's reception, family celebration dance and youth forum are part of the weekend, too. Click here for more information.

When: April 5 - 6, 2019
Where: Fantsyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

ACDS Annual Spring Conference

The theme of this yer's conference is "Positioning for New Realities."The 2019 conference will identify and explore the currentand emerging realities in thecommunity disability sector in Alberta and equip participants with the knowledge and tools to support them in their service provision. It will alsoassist organizational leaders to think strategically about the emerging landscape of community disability servicesand allow them to moveforward inthe context of these new realities. Click here for more information and to register.

When: May 13 - 14, 2019
Where: The Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 1316 33 St NE Calgary, AB

The 24th Annual National Supported Employment Conference

The Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) invites employment service providers & employers working with persons who have disabilities to join them for the 2019 conference whose theme is A Changing Society: Seizing Opportunities, Enhancing Possibilities. This conference is Canada’s largest and leading-edge professional development and networking event around employment inclusion for people with disabilities. Check for event details.

When: June 11-13, 2019
Where: Montreal, Quebec

Working Stronger 2019: CMHA Alberta Conference

The theme for this year's conference is "Work/Life Balance: Fact or Fiction?" Streams for sessions include Workplace & Personal Wellness, Voice of Lived Experience, and Occupational Health & Safety & the Law. If you have content that you would like to share, click here and make your submission before April 3.

When: October 28-28, 2019
Where: Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, AB

Available Training - Anytime, Anywhere

Harrassment and Violence in the Workplace

A free webinaris now available from the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety division on legal requirements around harassment and violence in the workplace at

Length: 35 minutes

Supporting Healthy Sexuality in People with Developmental Disabilities

Participants will define sexuality in a broad context, explore their own attitudes about sexuality and get practical ideas for engaging individuals they support in conversations about their sexual health and well-being. This workshop will also help professionals set boundaries around what is appropriate behaviour, clarify age of consent guidelines and make referrals to community resources.

Length: 3 hours

Contact: Becky Van Tassel (Calgary Sexual Health Centre) at or 403-283-5580 ext 323