Self Advocacy Federation

Self Advocacy Federation Self Advocacy Federation is an action group committed to making change and improving the lives of all people who live with disabilities. (see link below)

The Self Advocacy Federation (S.A.F.) is a group of people with developmental disability and their allies who believe in everyone working together to build strong communities and promote disability pride. The Self Advocacy Federation Films are available for viewing on Vimeo!

Amber had something to say about inclusive education.
01/17/2024

Amber had something to say about inclusive education.

Thank you so much for hosting us today. What a great conversation.  .
12/08/2023

Thank you so much for hosting us today. What a great conversation. .

12/08/2023
Join us today at the   Global Conference.
12/08/2023

Join us today at the Global Conference.

12/07/2023

From a CTV News article:
An Edmonton woman wants more done to ensure that community events are accessible for the entire community.

"When it comes to civic engagement, it should be as barrier free as possible," Smith said. "Because when everyone isn't able to participate in that, and these are important issues to society, it basically says that we aren't part of that society."

Elected officials should be leaders in promoting inclusion, Smith said, and choosing a less accessible venue sends a message that it's okay to exclude people with limited mobility "once in a while."

"It becomes really easy to continue that," she added. "And we can't expect our businesses in older areas to strive to become more accessible when our leaders are giving that kind of permission to let it slide."

Smith said she can think of five recent community events that she's been unable to attend due to a lack of accessibility.

"There's something about rolling past a lineup of people that are waiting to go into a place that you can't that makes you feel like you're less of a person when you're not less than a person," Smith said Saturday.

Sunday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Smith said it's a day to highlight how communities can be made more inclusive and accessible.

"We have these neighborhoods where when we talk about inclusion, we paint rainbow crosswalks, but we put them between buildings that people can't get into," Smith said. "Inclusion means everyone all of the time, and that gets forgotten."

Edmonton, Smith said, can do several things to improve life for residents with a disability, including more timely and extensive snow clearing on sidewalks, and making sure temporary and permanent ramps are safe for wheelchair users.

12/02/2023

What makes you proud?

December 3 is IDPD. The day to recognize the international day of People with Disabilities. This message shows you why w...
12/01/2023

December 3 is IDPD. The day to recognize the international day of People with Disabilities. This message shows you why we are proud of who we are.

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities or IDPD. It's a day where we celebrate the achievements made by our community, remember th...

Thank your DATS driver today!
11/08/2023

Thank your DATS driver today!

Meanwhile…
11/08/2023

Meanwhile…

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston has apologized to people in the province with disabilities for years of “historic, systemic discrimination.”

11/08/2023
The Alberta Living Wage report was released today. https://www.livingwagealberta.ca/what-is-a-living-wage Edmonton’s Liv...
11/08/2023

The Alberta Living Wage report was released today. https://www.livingwagealberta.ca/what-is-a-living-wage Edmonton’s Living Wage is $22.25/hr and Calgary’s is $23.70. People on AISH make the equivalent of $11 an hour.

What is a living wage? A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in their community. The Alberta Living Wage Network has developed a standard methodology for calculating living wages across the province.A living wage is the hourly wage a wo...

We made this film a few years ago. It's so important to have choice in where you live.
11/08/2023

We made this film a few years ago. It's so important to have choice in where you live.

Filmed by Adam Hutlet www.adamhutlet.comWritten by Chris McBain and Amy ParkThis film is meant to provoke discussion about how some staff work with PwD. T...

It’s time to celebrate your skills! Come and share on IDPD.
11/06/2023

It’s time to celebrate your skills! Come and share on IDPD.

Attention Albertans! This year's Virtual IDPD Call for participants is open and we want to see all the cool things you get up to!

Please complete this form if you want to present at the Virtual IDPD December 4, 2023 from 3 pm- 6pm! any questions can be directed to [email protected]

11/06/2023

VAD is accepting applications for the Bursary program until November 15, 2023.

https://vadsociety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2023-Bursary_Application_Form.pdf

Download the form at the link above.

10/24/2023

EmployAbilities was pleased to attend the Beyond Barriers Networking & Trade Show event last night alongside allied organizations like Voice of Albertans with Disabilities, Self Advocacy Federation, Alberta Dreams, Special Olympics Alberta, Qualicare Candora Society, and NorQuest College; it was a great chance to come together and share experiences with those working towards more inclusive and supportive world for people with disabilities.

October is the month to Eradicate Poverty. Here's a game of Snakes and Ladders to show you what life can be like when yo...
10/24/2023

October is the month to Eradicate Poverty. Here's a game of Snakes and Ladders to show you what life can be like when you are disabled and living in poverty

INSTRUCTIONSEach player starts with a token on the starting square (usually the "1" grid square in the bottom left corner, or simply, off the board next to the "1" grid square). Players take turns rolling a single die to move their token by the number of squares indicated by the die roll.Tokens foll...

Today is International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Do you know what the Poverty tax is?
10/17/2023

Today is International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Do you know what the Poverty tax is?

Sara explains what the poverty tax is

October 17th is the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. To mark the day here is a graphic of what life can be like f...
10/16/2023

October 17th is the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. To mark the day here is a graphic of what life can be like for someone on AISH living in poverty

INSTRUCTIONSEach player starts with a token on the starting square (usually the "1" grid square in the bottom left corner, or simply, off the board next to the "1" grid square). Players take turns rolling a single die to move their token by the number of squares indicated by the die roll.Tokens foll...

Was so great to hang out again! 🌎🌎🌎
09/27/2023

Was so great to hang out again! 🌎🌎🌎

09/21/2023

We are here today to honour the recipients of the John Humphreys Centre Annual Human Rights Awards.

Our office door is looking fabulous thanks to the folks at the Disability Action Hall   
09/14/2023

Our office door is looking fabulous thanks to the folks at the Disability Action Hall 

Minister Nixon announces "$16Million to repair and restore government-owned housing facilities".
09/14/2023

Minister Nixon announces "$16Million to repair and restore government-owned housing facilities".

Alberta’s government is announcing additional support for affordable housing units to ensure there is safe, stable housing for those who need it most.

Happy anniversary to VAD! Keep doing good work.
08/24/2023

Happy anniversary to VAD! Keep doing good work.

RSVP before September 15th please!

Email: [email protected] or phone 780-488-9088

Join VAD as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.

08/22/2023

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