Alberta Association for Community Living says barriers remain despite recommendations to improve Persons with Developmental Disabilities program

Thursday, May 19, 2011 General News J E 4

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CALGARY, May 19 /PRNewswire/ - The Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) praised Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Seniors and Community Supports for accepting some key recommendations outlined in an administrative review to improve the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program. However AACL notes that despite this progress many Albertans remain vulnerable.

"While AACL applauds the minister's commitment to increasing support and flexibility for families with sons and daughters with developmental disabilities we remain deeply concerned about those individuals who require support but who don't qualify for the PDD program," said Barb MacIntyre, President of AACL and the mother of a son with developmental disabilities.

AACL commends the ministry's commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for individuals and to improving supports to Family Managed Services. Improving availability and resources to Family Managed Supports is an action families appreciate and will benefit from. AACL is pleased to be a partner with Calgary PDD in operating the first Family Managed Resource Centre in Alberta, and hopes to see similar initiatives across the province in the wake of today's announcement.

"We hope the government will take this opportunity to address an increasing number of vulnerable Alberta families and individuals that find themselves without any of the supports they so desperately need," said MacIntyre.

For further background please see two letters sent from AACL to Premier Ed Stelmach and Minister Jablonski outlining the association's concerns regarding Albertans requiring supports but who currently fall outside provincial guidelines. These documents can be viewed at

The review of PDD is available on the Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports web site at:

AACL letter to Minister Jablonski:

AACL Letter to Premier Stelmach:

SOURCE Alberta Association for Community Living



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