It's already Mid May but Spring is Officially Here!
Things to look for:
Social Distancing Campaign #inittogether
Not Eligible For PDD? Now What?
Workshops and Registration
Connecting with Staff & Updates
We Can Do this Together!
This idea for this Awareness Campaign came about with parents sharing their experiences of isolation during our Wednesday Conversation Café. Our family members living with disabilities are experts when it comes to social distancing and feeling isolated; they have lived it in various ways throughout their lives.
Therefore, our families can share strategies with others who are experiencing the results of Covid19 and being challenged with social and physical distancing.
We will bring forward the positive messages on how we can do this, how we can do it together, and we hope you can share them to help us bring awareness! And a huge thanks to MNK Photography for helping us put a personal touch to the stories!
There are a growing number of young individuals with disability that do not meet the eligibility criteria for Persons with Developmental Disability (PDD) supports. Foremost on mind of caregivers is the question “What do we do next?”. Each week, Gateway will showcase a different resource that is relevant to those not eligible to receive PDD Supports and Services.
Who could attend?
May 20 - Wills and Estates
Estate planning includes the use of RDSPs, discretionary trusts, as well as considerations for providing for other children. What is the role of Guardianship and Trusteeship Orders for Represented Adults and how do those orders impact the Estate? What are Represented Adult Wills and what happens upon an intestacy (dying without a valid Will)? Stacy Maurier from Estate Connection Law Firm will provide a session on all that and more. There is opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.
May 27 - Banking, Identity Cards and Status Cards
Margaret Archibald is the Agency Manager of Four Directions Financial Bank (ATB) housed in Boyle Street Community Services. She is also the Manager of ID Services. Both the banking services and ID services are designed for individuals receiving AISH or Income Support. This means that the services have taken into account accessibility, education, empowerment, 1:1 supports, transient lifestyles, social distancing, interpretation services, etc. Margaret will also cover how one can obtain Status Cards if they identify as First Nations, Metis or Innuit. Q&A will follow the presentation.
June 3 - Not eligible for PDD? Meet GOA's Integrated Transition Specialists
Deb Bildfell and Avril Frost are Integrated Transition Specialists that work for Government of Alberta. Although under Child Welfare, they collaborate with FSCD, PDD, Alberta Supports, AISH, and other government departments. In their role, they assist individuals that are not PDD eligible to identify resources needed and more importantly, help them connect to those resources. In this session, you will find out more about their role, what motivates them, how any Albertan can access them and hear some select scenarios that will describe the range of situations they support. There will be time for Q&A throughout the conversation.
This workshop, for Family Managed Services (FMS) Administrators, focus on the importance of valued roles for people who live with a disability and how FMS Administrators and staff can help the people they support to develop a vision for the future.