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Not PDD Eligible? Now What?

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Caregivers that find out their teen is not PDD eligible immediately think “What do we do next?”. These online events are for you!

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There are a growing number of young individuals with disability that do not meet the eligibility criteria for Persons with Developmental Disability (PDD) supports. Foremost on mind of caregivers is the question “What do we do next?”. Transitioning into adulthood is not always limited to transitioning to adult services. It takes a vision with ideas, community resources and tools for community building, to co-develop a meaningful and inclusive life for the individual- the transition resource fair aims to facilitate just that.

May 6th - Guardianship and Trusteeship

Wendy King is the CEO and the dedicated compassionate force behind Aim Nursing Services. Aim offers a unique approach to managing future health needs and supports individuals with Guardianship and Trusteeship Applications, AISH applications, AISH appeals, FSCD to PDD funding etc. Wendy will make a short presentation on Guardianship and Trusteeship - differences between private and public, types, application process, things to look out for, problem solving, etc. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

May 13 - Mental health and Addiction Resources

With over 20 years of continuous service in the Human Services sector, Jenan Nasserdeen has extensive experience supporting and advocating for Alberta’s most vulnerable population. She specializes in the areas of trauma, addiction, gang affiliation and sexual exploitation. Jeanan will share Mental Health and Addiction Resources in Greater Edmonton Area that are available to individuals not eligible for PDD. Jenan will tackle each resource individually: What is the resource? What platform is the resource available on? What is the target audience/demographic for the resource? What is the organization's process previously and now during Covid?

May 20 - Wills and Estates

Estate planning includes the use of RDSPs, discretionary trusts, as well as considerations for providing for other children. What is the role of Guardianship and Trusteeship Orders for Represented Adults and how do those orders impact the Estate? What are Represented Adult Wills and what happens upon an intestacy (dying without a valid Will)? Stacy Maurier from Estate Connection Law Firm will provide a session on all that and more. There is opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.

May 27 - Banking, Identity Cards and Status Cards

Margaret Archibald is the Agency Manager of Four Directions Financial Bank (ATB) housed in Boyle Street Community Services. She is also the Manager of ID Services. Both the banking services and ID services are designed for individuals receiving AISH or Income Support. This means that the services have taken into account accessibility, education, empowerment, 1:1 supports, transient lifestyles, social distancing, interpretation services, etc. Margaret will also cover how one can obtain Status Cards if they identify as First Nations, Metis or Innuit. Q&A will follow the presentation.

June 3 - Not eligible for PDD? Meet GOA's Integrated Transition Specialists

Deb Bildfell and Avril Frost are Integrated Transition Specialists that work for Government of Alberta. Although under Child Welfare, they collaborate with FSCD, PDD, Alberta Supports, AISH, and other government departments. In their role, they assist individuals that are not PDD eligible to identify resources needed and more importantly, help them connect to those resources. In this session, you will find out more about their role, what motivates them, how any Albertan can access them and hear some select scenarios that will describe the range of situations they support. There will be time for Q&A throughout the conversation.

June 10 - Why and how to teach your loved one about advocacy?

Caregivers are engaged in continued learning to build a community for their children, and if one were to analyse that, it is clear that caregivers see themselves as their young person's advocate. But, can we be our child's advocate forever? What about teaching your child to advocate? What about teaching your child to advocate for others? In this session, we talk to Self Advocacy Federation in Edmonton about caregiver fears, resistance, importance of advocacy, how to support a new and young advocate, and the cascading impact of learning how to advocate for oneself. It is never too late or too early to teach advocacy. There will be time for Q&A throughout this session.

June 17 - Pre-Employment and Lifeskills Resources

Quite often, individuals on the autism spectrum do not meet eligibility to PDD due to IQ. Today’s session is aimed at resources available for 14+ as they prepare for adulthood. Ewa is the Supervisor of Teen and Adult Services at the Center for Autism Services Alberta, and Desiree Pawluck is the program coordinator for Quest and Employment Works. They will share the different programs that they offer for lifeskills and pre-employment. In this conversation we will get a bit deeper into the design of the programs, the reasoning behind that, what are some hurdles youth experience, how to overcome those hurdles, and lastly explore what caregivers could do to emulate this in their homes to the best of their ability (during covid-related limitations and while on waitlists). There will be ample opportunity for Q&A.

June 24 - What is 211? How to best utilize 211?

Intro to 211. How can individuals optimize the use of this resource ? How accomodating/accessible is 211? what are the different resource lists that are available? How often are they updated? Tell us about housing, income supports related resources.

July 8 - Our adult children want to move out. Now what?

Scenario 1: The young adult is eligible for AISH and wants to move out out. What are the considerations and resources?

Scenario 2: The young adult is NOT eligible for AISH and wants to move out. What are the considerations and resources?

In this session, we will talk to two folks from Boyle Street Community Services on how to plan for both scenarios.

July 15 - Not eligible for PDD? Meet GOA's Integrated Transition Specialists

Deb Bildfell and Avril Frost are Integrated Transition Specialists that work for Government of Alberta. Although under Child Welfare, they collaborate with FSCD, PDD, Alberta Supports, AISH, and other government departments. In their role, they assist individuals that are not PDD eligible to identify resources needed and more importantly, help them connect to those resources. In this session, you will find out more about their role, what motivates them, how any Albertan can access them and hear some select scenarios that will describe the range of situations they support. There will be time for Q&A throughout the conversation.

July 22 - Employment Readiness While on Wait lists

It's not uncommon to be on a wait list with an Employment agency. What can job-seekers do while they wait and what would job search look like? Gateway Association's Employment team will do a presentation on strategies and resources, and be available for Q&A to address individual questions. Also find out the new pre-employment training Gateway has started offering.

July 29 - Post-secondary Education

Adults with disabilities wanting to pursue post-secondary education have a few different options in Edmonton. In this session, we will explore whats happening at University of Alberta. Dr. Wendy Doughty is the Assistant Dean of Student Access. We will talk to her about the application process, program options, accommodations, and resources that are available at the University.

Who could attend?

 Parents

 Family Members

 Foster Parents

 Guardians

 Kinship Supports

 Professional Caregivers

Where can I get more details?

 See attached poster

 Eventbrite

 Gateway Association Newsletter for an updated agenda (email info@gatewayassociation.ca to subscribe)

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