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 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 Tuesday, March 12, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Employment Standards in Alberta: Hours of Work and Pay - next webinar Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Employment Standards in Alberta - General Holidays, General Holiday Pay and Vacations - next webinar Tuesday, February 5, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Overview of Changes to Employment Standards - next webinar Wednesday, January 23, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

End of Life: Issues and Resources for People with Intellectual Disability and Caregivers

Think about not being told that a close family member has died. Picture not being invited to the funeral. Then imagine that no one will talk to you about the death or explain what happened. Sadly, a number of people with intellectual disability have faced such distressing circumstances. When it comes to dying and death, many people with intellectual disability are confronted with a benign conspiracy of silence.

In this free webinar, RAustralian researchers Professor Roger Stancliffe and Dr. Michele Wiese will address these issues and what can be done about them, by describing major research findings about understanding and planning for end of life by people with intellectual disability, and presenting key results from their controlled intervention study which trained disability support workers to teach people with intellectual disability about dying and death, and evaluated the outcomes. These findings include data on whether having repeated conversations about end of life affects outcomes such as depression, anxiety, or fear of death among participants with intellectual disability. They will demonstrate a major new, free online resource Talking End of Life (TEL) …with people with intellectual disability TEL is designed for users to gain the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to help people with intellectual disability understand and plan for end of life. Click here to register for this free webinar.

When: January 23, 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm MST

Upcoming Conferences

ALIGN - Strengthening Today, Building Tomorrow

ALIGN's 11th annual conference is designed for human services employees and includes presentations for senior leaders, supervisors and front-line workers. ALIGN is inviting submissions from a variety of disciplines with topics related to practice, child welfare/child intervention practices, disability, diversity and indigenous issues. The deadline for proposals is July 17, 2018. Click here for more information.

When: January 24 - 26, 2019
Where: Fantsyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

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

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