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


Posted By Madison Ringuette on March 24, 2020

As you are already aware, the COVID-19 pandemic already has a foothold in Alberta and we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty. We want to thank each and every one of you for continuing to serve the disability sector with the same dedication in days past. 

2020 Call for Nominations to the Board

Posted By Madison Ringuette on February 14, 2020

Your board strives to bring together people with various backgrounds and experiences that benefit our membership in a variety of ways. We encourage those of you with a financial and/or accounting background, those who bring expertise with organizational management as well as those of you with direct support experience to apply. Disability workers fill a variety of roles and support diverse needs. ADWA aims to have that diversity and varied perspectives reflected in conversations at the board table.

The Nominations Committee welcomes candidates form any part of Alberta. The majority of the meetings are on Skype, so limited travel time is required.

Guest post – Impact of Budget Cuts: What we know so far

Posted By Erin Waite on December 4, 2019

All the way back in 2013, the then Conservative provincial government announced $42 million in cuts to the PDD program, focused on services that helped people live in the community.

There was a clear message with it:  money used to take someone to Tim Horton’s for coffee was money wasted.

Disability Community has a history of challenging cuts

New Board, Same Commitment

Posted By Shanda McCutcheon on October 18, 2019

In July’s e-bulletin we let you know about the changes at ADWA.  While change is often difficult, we recognize that in our world today and particularly the disability sector, it is inevitable.

Notice of 2019 ADWA Annual General Meeting

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on April 22, 2019

Our ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2019, starting at 6:00 pm in Plaza 5 of the Best Western Premier Hotel (formerly Coast Plaza, 1316 – 33 St NE, Calgary). Here is what's planned.

2019 Call for Nominations to the ADWA Board

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on March 22, 2019

ADWA board members take an active role in government education and advocacy for better compensation, educational opportunities and safety. Board members represent ADWA and disability workers on workforce and service provider councils in some regions and other advisory groups. Some make presentations about ADWA to students and service providers. All participate in daytime board and committee meetings to develop strategies that move ADWA’s goals forward. If you are interested in running for the ADWA board, submit your nomination by April 12, 2019 to

Getting Disability Work on the Election Agenda

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on March 12, 2019

As talk of the 2019 provincial election ramps up, we hear more and more about party plans for health care, education, the environment, business and jobs. The need for people who do what we do is growing, so it makes sense that the needs of our sector and those we support each day should be an active part of the election conversation. Here's what ADWA is doing and how you can be part of it.

ADWA Activities Update

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on January 15, 2019

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.

ADWA Member Recommendations for the PDD Review

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on October 29, 2018

The PDD Review panel has now posted its online survey at  and will accept responses until December 7. We urge ADWA members and others to complete the survey, send a written or video submission to 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.

Dates Set for PDD Review Consultations

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on October 15, 2018

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.