We continue to pursue opportunities to get our messages out about disability worker needs and roles in helping individuals with disabilities have better lives. Here is what we’ve been up to in late 2018 and what’s on the horizon in early 2019.
The PDD Review panel has now posted its online survey at https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6/s?s=41909 and will accept responses until December 7. We urge ADWA members and others to complete the survey, send a written or video submission to email@example.com and/or participate in a community conversation. While we encourage you to share your experiences, we also developed some key points you may find useful.
The PDD Review panel has been named and conversations will be held in a limited number of communities across Alberta from October 23 through December 5. Disability workers have been specifically named as one of the parties the panel wants to hear from, along with individuals who receive PDD services, their families, organizations and the public. We urge ADWA members and others to participate in this process to send a strong message about what is needed to address underlying problems and build on the strengths of our sector. Here's how.
What happens to individuals’ quality of life when there is high staff turnover?
Several months ago, ADWA made a commitment to help ensure that the PDD Review included the voices of the disability workforce. We recently completed a survey of disability workers including positions from frontline to leadership in order to determine the best ways to include them and the topics they felt needed to be discussed in the review. Here is what we heard.
Stress is something that we all face as a normal—and sometimes necessary—part of life. There are times, however, when stress exceeds the level at which it is motivational and becomes problematic. Grounding is a strategy that can be used to detach from physical or emotional pain and thus reduce stress.
Earlier this year, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced that there would be a PDD review to “explore ways the system can be improved to ensure individuals and families get the best support possible.” ADWA has worked diligently to ensure that the voices of disability workers who provide the support to individuals and families are included in the consultation process. Here is your chance to make sure your voice is heard.
A champion is defined as “someone who stands up for a cause, a principle or another person.” ADWA’s cause as a professional association is the development and recognition of disability workers as skilled professionals. ADWA’s board and staff try to champion that message to our members, government and others who work in the field. We need people to be aware of how we are working for them, but we can’t be everywhere. And while we send out regular E-Bulletins, not everyone reads them. So we need a way to extend our reach and find more personal ways to connect with our members and to grow our professional community. The Champions initiative aims to do that.
Our eighth Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday May 7, 2018, starting at 4:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South as part of the annual ACDS conference. We will report on our financial position, advocacy, certification pilot and other member priorities. We will vote on a bylaw change and new board members. There will be discussions to help us move forward, prize draws and chocolate.
Although self-care is critical for efficiency and skillfulness in this field of work, it can be easily, and very quickly, forgotten and lost. Not taking care of our well-being may lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, which could impair our decision making and have adverse effects on client care.