What is ACDS?
ACDS is a not-for-profit association that exists to serve community-based service provider members who support people with developmental disabilities or brain injury. The goal is to ensure quality service delivery for individuals within Community Disability Services (CDS).
The ACDS mandate is to facilitate interaction, co-operation and communication between members, the Government of Alberta, the community and other external stakeholders. Member support is provided through education, accreditation, research, networking and collaboration, and has evolved into an important communications channel.
Who are ACDS' Members?
ACDS members are individuals, families, organizations and corporations with interest in supporting, leading and influencing CDS through Education, Partnerships and Accreditation. They support and promote the ethics and values of ACDS.
A Little History...
We were established in 1972 by a group of vocational service operators as the Alberta Association of Rehabilitation Centers (AARC). Incorporated the following year, AARC functioned as a not-for-profit society governed by a provincial volunteer Board of Directors.
In 2006, the membership recommended and approved a change to our name reflecting our proactive rebranding of the work in our field and we became the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS). The ACDS Board represents all regions of the province at the Executive Director and Volunteer Governor level.
Our Mission: To Lead, Support and Influence Community Disability Services, through Education, Partnerships and Accreditation