Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)

PDD funds programs and services to help adult Albertans with developmental disabilities to be a part of their communities and live as independently as they can.

The program funds four kinds of staffing supports based on an individualized service plan:

  • Community Living Supports help individuals in their home (for example: meal planning and housekeeping)
  • Employment Supports train, educate and support individuals to get and keep jobs
  • Community Access Supports help individuals participate in their community (for example: volunteering, going to clubs, sports and other activities)
  • Specialized Community Supports are generally short-term supports to help with special circumstances (for example: extra help when a person is having trouble)


On June 1, 2016, Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir repealed the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) and committed to bringing in a policy that is respectful in gauging the supports that people with developmental disabilities need. Identifying an alternative approach to planning supports for individuals in a fair, transparent and consistent manner will include exploring best practices, careful planning, and taking the necessary time to get it right.

Modified: 2016-11-30
PID: 14850