PDD Safety Standards Consultation
From June 14 to July 6, 2016, the Consultation Team is leading Phase Two of consultation with stakeholders – including individuals with developmental disabilities – to explore ideas on safety that support the personal choices, privacy, priorities and needs of the disability community. These ideas are in the areas of:
- Reviewing the PDD program to enable safer lives in community for individuals with developmental disabilities;
- Training and education for staff working with individuals with developmental disabilities;
- Accreditation standards for community service providers; and
- Interpretation of the Alberta Safety Codes.
Message from the Chair
On behalf of all Consultation Team members, I am pleased to invite you to participate in Phase Two of the PDD Safety Standards Consultation. We are asking for your input on our ideas to support individuals with developmental disabilities to live with dignity and opportunity in the community, while recognizing and respecting their need for safe, healthy and supported lives.
Our ideas are in the areas of reviewing the PDD program to enable safer lives in community for individuals with developmental disabilities, training and education for staff working with individuals with developmental disabilities, accreditation standards for community service providers and interpretation of Alberta safety codes.
Please visit humanservices.alberta.ca/pddconsultation to learn how you can participate - by filling out a questionnaire or tuning into an interactive webinar. It’s important that we hear the opinions of Albertans with developmental disabilities and others who play a role in supporting their safety and inclusion. Our consultation will close on July 6, 2016. We look forward to hearing your input!
~John te Linde, Chair, on behalf of the PDD Safety Standards Consultation Team
How to Get Involved
Read the Phase Two discussion guide (plain language version), which includes background information, context on roles and responsibilities and proposed safety ideas. This may help you complete the questionnaire or participate in a webinar session.
You can also print off the questionnaire and email it back to us at HS.PDDConsult@gov.ab.ca or mail it to:
Attn: PDD Safety Standards Consultation Team
3rd Floor Sterling Place
9940 – 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2
If you want to fill out the questionnaire with other people, this guide has tips on how to organize a group and send the information back to us.
The deadline to submit feedback is July 6, 2016.
A webinar is a live meeting that takes place over the Internet using video conferencing technology. This meeting will be led by a facilitator who will guide the conversation and ask the attendees questions. You will be able to respond to the questions through a poll, message board or by speaking through your microphone.
Webinar Dates and Times:
Monday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The webinars are open to anyone who would like to attend, but are intended for Albertans with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians and others involved in supporting their safety.
A series of focus groups are being held in Edmonton and Calgary with self-advocates, families/guardians, service providers, advocacy organizations and municipal officials. Focus group participation is by invitation only.
Focus groups, webinars and questionnaires have the same content and questions.
Something else you want to tell the Consultation Team?
Email comments or other information to HS.PDDConsult@gov.ab.ca
Questions about Phase Two?
Between February 18 and March 14, 2016, more than 750 Albertans attended community forums and 1,300 people filled out questionnaires to share their views about how to keep individuals with developmental disabilities safe in their homes, while respecting their rights and supporting them to be included in community. The Consultation Team released the Phase One Consultation Summary Report (plain language version). The Minister of Human Services accepted all three of the team’s recommendations to:
- Repeal the PDD Safety Standards Regulation in its entirety.
- Implement a coordinated approach across relevant ministries, including working with municipalities, to ensure clarity, consistency and alignment in, and implementation of, the repeal of the PDD Safety Standards Regulation.
- Extend the Consultation Team’s mandate to oversee Phase Two of the Safety Standards Consultation.