Update May 14, 2018

The listening sessions provided opportunity for discussion between ministry staff and parents about how a parent coaching model should complement and augment direct service to the individuals with disabilities, and not be a replacement for direct service.  A genuine interest in improving the implementation of the FSCD legislation, and in supporting children and families was expressed.

For parents who were unable to attend either of the listening sessions, but are interested in providing feedback, you can do so by sending an e-mail to FSCDparents@gov.ab.ca.

A “what we heard report” from John Stinson will be shared in the next few weeks.

Important Opportunity for Dialogue about FSCD with @YourAlberta.ca

Government of Alberta representatives posted an invitation yesterday for families to attend listening sessions scheduled in Calgary and Edmonton today, Friday May 11 at 6:30pm and tomorrow Saturday May 12 at 3:00pm.

Sinneave encourages stakeholders to participate in this important dialogue regarding the FSCD supports program, and work together to find solutions.

Government of Alberta Listening Sessions:

Dates: Friday May 11 at 6:30pm & Saturday May 12 at 3:00pm

Calgary Location:  535-37 Street North West (Map)

Edmonton Location:  Alberta Supports Centre, Northgate Centre, 97th Street northwest and 137th Avenue northwest (Map)

For those who are unable to attend any of these meetings, you are invited to share your thoughts and concerns via e-mail to: john.stinson@gov.ab.ca

Government announcement below:

@YourAlberta.ca (Government of Alberta) – Thursday, May 10, 2018

“We understand that a number of concerns have been raised regarding how CSS supports children living with a disability and their families through the FSCD (Family Support for Children with Disabilities) program. We really value your advocacy and feedback on this. Parent and family voices are important to us and we take your concerns seriously.

The FSCD program is meant to support children and their families based on their unique needs and circumstances. While we work with families we do not support the language of “parent training.” As a result of your feedback the ministry will be reviewing its policy, training and communications processes and making improvements to ensure we are communicating clearly and working appropriately with families.

In the spirit of this, we would very much appreciate hearing more about your concerns and we invite you to join us for a listening session (you share – we listen).

We have scheduled two sessions in both Calgary and Edmonton scheduled for Friday evening, May 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 12th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. The Calgary listening sessions will take place at 535-37 street northwest and the Edmonton sessions will take place at meeting room next to Alberta Supports Centre, Northgate Centre, 97th Street northwest and 137th Avenue northwest. John Stinson, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Disabilities, Inclusion and Accessibility Division within the Ministry of Community and Social Services (CSS) will be co-hosting the Calgary sessions with colleagues from the Calgary regional office. Roxanne Gerbrandt – Executive Director for Disability Policy with my Division – will be hosting the Edmonton sessions with colleagues from the Edmonton regional office.

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings and would still like to share your thoughts and concerns; please e-mail john.stinson@gov.ab.ca. He will ensure we get back to you ASAP.

Thanks for considering our invitation. We very much appreciate the opportunity to listen.”

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