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RE: The Government of Alberta Relaunch Strategy and what it means for Services to Families

I want to update you on what is happening with Ability4Good services now that the Government of Alberta has announced its Relaunch Strategy.  In particular, under stage 1, the government stated:

Dental and other regulated health-care workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more can resume services as long as they follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.

It is our current understanding that staff should not provide services in home or face to face until several conditions have been met which include:

  • New guidelines for reopened services must be published by colleges and Workplace Guidelines for Community Health Care Settings must be followed
  • Ability4Good must have a sufficient supply of cleaners, sanitizing supplies and personal protective equipment for staff to provide services (as per guidelines on Biz Connect)
  • Ability4Good must be able to meet Occupational Health and Safety requirements for safe work in a COVID-19 environment

We are committed to taking the time and resources to ensure the safe delivery of agency services and programs are done keeping the well-being of your family members in the forefront of any changes we make.   It is for that reason that we will not be immediately resuming in person or in home visits nor can I provide an exact date for when in home services can resume.  As the Government of Alberta stated, how and when we proceed will depend on all of us respecting all guidelines and keeping infection rates low.  As Ability4Good provides services in both Edmonton and Calgary, we will be monitoring the respective cities and may start services in one well before the other.

Rest assured, we will continue to provide quality services to your child(ren) over the phone or on-line via the security of Zoom Telehealth.  The staff have found innovative ways to deliver our play based approaches and I have heard about the positive impact they are having.

Thank you for your patience and consideration of the safety of us all.  We truly are in this together.

Notice to All Clients Regarding COVID-19

Effective immediately all of our Thrive programs and Strive respite programs are CLOSED indefinitely, following direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Our Specialized Services, Triple P and Behavioral Developmental Services will continue via the phone or on-line.
We know this may have a difficult impact on children and families.  We are saddened to have to do this but we are part of a much larger community and must do our part to slow the transmission of COVID-19.  We will continue to update you as more details become available.
Thank you for your support and understanding.

UPDATE, April 2020

Calgary office is now closed effective March 15th. There is no access to the Sensory Room or Gross Motor Room. SS and BDS services both in Calgary and Edmonton are offering supports to families over the phone and on-line.  Triple P in Calgary is also offering supports to families over the phone and on-line. 
For more resources please view our COVID-19 Support page.

Adaptive Fitness Programs at Chestermere Rec Centre

This winter, Chestermere Regional Community Association is offering adaptive programs for families of children with special needs.

They have gymnastics, skating and swimming lessons adapted for children with disabilities. This will give a safe and open environment for children to socialize and find joy in various physical activities.

Friday, February 7th, they will be hosting a Friday Night Friends event. The purpose of the event is to connect families with special needs children with each other.  This will be an opportunity for the kids to play and parents or caregivers to network with other families. There will be bouncy Houses and lots of fun activities for the kids.

Click here to view their program guide for more information.

 

CCP's Adapted Bike Program 2020

Calgary Cerebral Palsy has opened up registrations for their Adapted Bike Program for children with disabilities.

View the program flyer here.

They are hosting bike clinics for children aged 10+ on March 14th and 15th and for children under 10 on April 18th and 19th.

Click here to register and for more information!     

 

Ability4Good on Global News Calgary!

Our clinical director, Sherry Hiebert-Keck, had the amazing opportunity to talk about Ability4Good and our services for children with developmental disabilities. We are so grateful to Global News Calgary for shining a spotlight on our agency during their Calgary Child segment. 

Click here or on the image above to watch the video on Global Calgary website.

International Day of Persons With Disabilities at Calgary City Hall

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - A4G

Every year on December 3rd, people around the world celebrate contributions of people with disabilities.

We attended the Calgary City Hall celebration event for International Day of Persons With Disabilities. We were joined by many other agencies and communities that are doing great work in building up and supporting people with disabilities.

We are so thankful to everyone who came out to see us today and to the City of Calgary for hosting this amazing event!

Winter 2020 STRIVE & THRIVE Programs

Check out our program guides for our respite services (STRIVE) and group recreation programs (THRIVE) for Winter 2020 season.

STRIVE is a center-based respite aide program, which aims to build friendships with peers through play and social activities while providing respite for families.

We will also be having a STRIVE Winter 2020 Special program that aims to support children to transition from holiday mode into the back to school gear. The program is offered in two groups Weekday (January 2 & 3) and Weekends (January 4 & 5) in the morning (10 am to 1:30 pm) and afternoon (2:30 pm to 6:00 pm). 

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Click here to view information on STRIVE programs.


THRIVE is a community aide program, which aims to provide support and enable children with a range of disabilities to participate in recreational, social, and community activities with other children.

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Click here to view information on THRIVE programs.


Please don't forget to like and and follow our Official Facebook Page to get updated on our programs, events and other news.

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton 12th Annual Autism Conference

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton is holding their 12th Annual Autism Conference on January 23-24th 2020 at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and hear from some amazing speakers including Dr. STEPHEN SHORE, Dr. AMY LAURENT, Dr. JODY CARRINGTON, and more!
  • Learn about; building relationships with students with autism, dealing with sleep and feeding challenges at home, addressing emotional regulation in the classroom, exploring neurodiversity, and more!
  • Participate in a parent networking luncheon and a VIP breakfast
  • View a free screening of "Autism Goes to College" on Thursday 23rd at 7:00pm facilitated by Dr. Jan Blacher

You can join them in-person at the Edmonton River Cree or participate by webcast to view many of their sessions from anywhere.

Click here to register and for more event information!

One of our amazing families needs your support! Check out their story and vote here!

One of our families is featured on Caregiver Stories. Please watch their story here and vote to show your support.

 

The CONNECTIONS SHOWCASE is thrilled to present the pilot episodes from TELUS Fund’s first ever, Special call for web series. TELUS Fund is looking for entertaining and engaging web series with the potential to positively impact families and friends providing care for loved ones struggling with a limiting condition.

From May 1st to May 19th 2017 we’re inviting Caregivers to preview TELUS Fund web series pilots, promote them across social networks, and vote for their favourites. Your participation will help influence the decisions on which pilots will share $500,000 from TELUS Fund to create up to 3 original, full length web series!​