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

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.

The Impact of Turnover on Individuals Receiving Services

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on October 10, 2018

What happens to individuals’ quality of life when there is high staff turnover?

PDD Review: What Disability Workers Said

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on September 17, 2018

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 Management through Grounding: A Guide for Disability Workers

Posted By Rayna Tonellato on August 2, 2018

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.

PDD Review: Adding the Disability Worker's Voice

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on July 9, 2018

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.

ADWA Champions

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on May 6, 2018

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.

Moving Forward: 2018 ADWA Annual General Meeting

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on April 16, 2018

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.

Self-Care for Disability Workers

Posted By Joanna Nowotarski on March 26, 2018

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.

2018 Call for Nominations to the ADWA Board

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on March 5, 2018

Four seats on the board are up for election this year. Please nominate yourself or another member to the ADWA board by March 25 by sending name and contact information, skills and interests to