Posted March 20, 2018
Provide feedback on the priorities that will inform the mandate of the new Advocate for Persons with Disabilities. Alberta Government is asking Albertans with disabilities, families, service providers and support organizations to provide feedback on the planned role and responsibilities of the advocate as outlined in Bill 205.
Share your feedback by completing the online survey before March 31, 2018
Bill 205: the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act was passed in the Alberta legislature in May 2017 and is expected to be proclaimed into law in the spring of 2018.
The Act will allow the government to better support persons with disabilities and their families by:
- naming an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
- assigning staff to support the work of an Advocate
- empowering the Advocate to represent the rights, interests and viewpoints of persons with disabilities
The advocate will report to the Minister of Community and Social Services and will be required to submit an annual report.
Creating an advocate was a recommendation from members of the disabilities community during the PDD Safety Standard Consultation in 2016. Advocacy was identified as critical within the PDD community to ensure people with disabilities are supported to lead fulfilling lives.
Once established, Alberta will be one of the first jurisdictions in the country to have an advocate specifically dedicated to persons with disabilities.