Authors: Edmonton Social Planning Council
Collection: Research Materials
This fact sheet draws on information from a variety of sources to provide a look at the nature of disabilities; the supports available in Alberta for people with disabilities; and the areas for improvement in policy related to those with disabilities.
The authors note that “disabilities” is an umbrella term, covering a variety of impairments, limitations on activity, and restrictions on participation.
Help for those with disabilities can include income support, mental health services, educational accommodation, and specific services for those with developmental disabilities.
Citing a report released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2010, the authors point to three major issues restricting employment and social supports for persons with disabilities: a lack of streamlining between federal and provincial governments in coordinating employment supports and benefits; fragmented services and benefits that are difficult to navigate and access; and the lack of a proactive focus in employment programs.