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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!

We are #inittogether

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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? 

  • Parents 
  • Family Members 
  • Foster Parents 
  • Guardians 
  • Kinship Supports 
  • Professional Caregivers 

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.


Register by Clicking Here
May 23rd, 2020 
9 AM-12 PM
This workshop, for Funds Administrators and staff, explores what can be done to reduce the risk of abuse and how to handle situations of suspected abuse.

Note: This is a mandatory course for FMS Administrators under Family Managed Services with Disability Services.

Register Here:
May 25th, 2020
6 PM - 9 PM

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.

Register Here:

Gateway Updates 

  1. Gateway team continues to work remotely. Please do not hesitate to call/email us.  

  1. Gateway will continue to order PPE  for families: Email your 2 week supply request to The next order will be placed on May 20. 

  1. Check out the Employment Team’s Newsletter, resources and Online Conversations for Jobseekers living with disabilities and 

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