ALIGN has been working with the regional directors and agencies to get some consistency in services delivery and contracting. FSCD children being in group care is also an area we are exploring to ensure that those children get the right services and the agencies are clear about the mandate with FSCD children and how to work with their families
UPDATES OCTOBER 2018 ( PDD Review, Policies, Upcoming Listening Sessions)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review
Today, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced the appointment of a community-led panel to oversee the review of the PDD program. The review panel will be seeking input from Albertans with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians and others involved in supporting their participation in the community about how PDD can support the personal choices, independence, priorities and needs of those who receive services through PDD
Letter from Community and Social Services Office of the Minister Ifran Sabir Oct 2, 2018
- Review topics
- Community engagement
- PDD Review panel members
- Pre-engagement summary
- Sign up for updates
FSCD Action Plan – In response to the concerns raised by parents about the FSCD program the Ministry of Community and Support Services (CSS) have changed our Specialized Services policy, Family Centred Supports and Services policy, FSCD Program Outcomes Policy and Overarching Policies and Considerations Policy to confirm that direct services to children are supported and parent involvement is not required in the delivery of specialized services.
In May 2018, Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) listening sessions were held in Edmonton and Calgary. This fall FSCD is hosting additional listening sessions to hear from you if what they heard in May is reflective of family’s concerns about FSCD specialized services; about the changes made in response; about communication between FSCD, parents and service providers; and how the FSCD Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process can be more supportive to parents.
If you were not aware of the May listening sessions or the changes made in FSCD, please visit the FSCD website at http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/15655.html. Here you will find a copy of the ‘What we Heard’ report as well as ‘tip sheets’ that provide updated and clarified information about FSCD specialized services. The ‘What we Heard’ report highlights the concerns parents raised and the government’s commitment to changes. You can also contact your FSCD worker or your regional office for more information about the policy updates and the practice shifts being made.
Below are the upcoming FSCD listening sessions across the province. Parents, service providers and others are welcome to register to attend a session. Each listening session is limited to 50 participants due to space and the desire to have small group discussions where FSCD can hear from you. You can register to attend a listening session online through Eventbrite at https://fscdlisteningsessions.eventbrite.ca.
If you are a parent and require assistance with costs for your attendance such as travel, parking, and respite there will be assistance with these costs through your FSCD Agreement or reimbursement. You are welcome to bring your child with you however, there will not be onsite childcare.
If you are unable to attend one of the listening sessions, but want to comment on the “What we Heard Report”, the changes made, ways to improve communication and how the FSCD Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process can be more supportive to families, you can provide your input by email to FSCDparents@gov.ab.ca. Alternatively, you can also go to the Listening Sessions Webpage https://www.alberta.ca/fscd-listening-sessions.aspx to provide feedback.
While the listening sessions will be focused on specific discussions as noted above, you are welcome to email FSCDparents@gov.ab.ca with any other concerns or comments you may have or to contact the Executive Director for Disability Services, Roxanne Gerbrandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you register, you will be able to select from any of the following listening sessions:
- Grand Prairie, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Calgary, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Calgary, Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Calgary, Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
- Lethbridge, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Medicine Hat, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Red Deer, Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Edmonton, Monday, October 22, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
- Edmonton, Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Edmonton, Thursday, October 25, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Fort McMurray, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- St. Paul, Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
- Red Deer, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Autism Calgary FSCD Program To Realign with Legislation
In response to pressures from families and community groups, the Government of Alberta is committing to changing policy and practice to appropriately realign the Family Support for Disabilities program to legislation and to better serve individuals and famlies living with Autism and other disabilities…
The Star Calgary July 18, 2018
‘Parent coaching’ no longer required under Alberta’s special-needs program
Community and Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir said come next month, the sessions for parents will no longer be required — a move he said is designed to ease the burden on parents. “Parents will no longer be required to be involved in parent training or coaching,” Sabir said via phone Friday. “We will end all references to that kind of model in our practice and our policy…”
Inclusion Alberta – An update on Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) July 3, 2018
Overview of changes happening immediately and changes happening later this year