*VOTE NOW!!* ACDS Innovation Awards

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    Conference 2017 marks the first year for what will be an annual event, the ACDS Innovation Awards!​

    Presented in recognition of dynamic and emergent solutions in
    Community Disability Services

    We're asking you to help pick the winner! Nominee profiles are below, followed by a link to cast your vote.

    Voting closes on April 24th at noon
     
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    Nominee: Calgary Society of Community Opportunities - cscocalgary.com

    CSCO is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting individuals with diverse needs in building community relationships, by offering them the opportunity to realize their recreational, educational and volunteer capabilities.
    The Innovation:

    The Calgary Society of Community Opportunities recognizes the severity of social isolation among adults with disabilities and has designed their Social Skills Program to address this imperative issue. The Social Skills Program currently consists of eight daytime classes, all designed to foster socialization and increase social inclusion. Classes vary in subject and include cooking, drumming, fitness education, and more. Participants are encouraged to share these common interests, celebrate their differences, and develop self-efficacy through skill building.

    What makes the innovation unique?

    While we offer our program to all adults with developmental disabilities, our main objective is reaching out those who may be experiencing social isolation at its worst. These are often individuals who do not attend a day program or those who work with agencies looking to provide such opportunities.

    All of the classes are facilitated by Direct Support Workers trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention, Positive Behaviour Supports, and so on. They are experienced in supporting individuals in an array of applications and are competent in supporting behaviours of concern and diverse physical and emotional needs. Our trained and experienced facilitators design classes that are easily adaptable to assist the participants on a day-to-day basis while respecting pre-existing support plans and strategies.

    Our Social Skills Program has received a great deal of positive feedback from participants and most notably, from staff who have struggled to provide the individual they support with a placement that welcomes their behaviours, needs, and abilities. Through our program, we have developed a strong sense of community among its participants and have seen great advancements in their confidence and skill levels. We foster a sense of belonging and have formed strong inter-agency networks that are beneficial not just at our facilities, but in the community as well.

    CSCO Social Skills Programs:

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    Nominee: In-Definite Arts Society (IDAS), Executive Director Darlene Murphy (1956-2017) - indefinitearts.com

    In-Definite Arts is a nonprofit visual arts centre where artists with developmental disabilities come together to create, exhibit and sell artwork. Since its beginnings in 1975, In-Definite Arts has continually been a leader and innovator in Calgary’s art and disability sectors, playing a significant role in supporting artists with disabilities, promoting their artwork and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.
    The Innovation:

    IDAS moved to its present location ten years ago and since then, under the leadership of Darlene Murphy, developed programs and linkages that make the society not just known in the neighbourhood of Fairview in Calgary, but considered a prized asset by that community.

    Public programs include: Art Works, an after school art program serving seventy-five children in three - ten week sessions; Friday morning classes for home schooled children; evening workshops for adults.

    IDAS provides gallery space and meeting rooms for groups needing an inexpensive place to rent, and practicum placements for art students. The society also houses the offices of two other artistic societies and the Fairview Community Association and holds an annual art sale.

    This is in addition to the regular daily arts program attended by about one hundred-seventy PDD artists, and a growing number of their exhibitions held throughout the city including places like Arts Commons and the Jubilee. Community volunteers assist the staff to ensure the various populations become acquainted with one another through the common language of art.

    What makes the innovation unique?
    IDAS builds community capacity by inviting the neighbours in - the door is always open. What’s happening at IDAS this week? Let’s find out! As the president of the Fairview Community Association said,”IDAS has not only revitalized the building, but revitalized the community.”





    In Memoriam: Darlene Murphy
    November 28, 1955 – January 22, 2017
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    "It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Darlene Murphy. Darlene first began working at In-Definite Arts in 1980 and has served as the Executive Director since 2003. Throughout this time she affected many changes in both the agency and in the field of disability services. During her tenure, In-Definite Arts became an internationally respected organization best known in Calgary for its diverse and innovative studio and exhibition programs. This work is not finished, and In-Definite Arts will continue to honour Darlene’s legacy by pursuing the goal about which she was most passionate – advancing the value and diversity of artistic expression for people with disabilities." - In-Definite Arts
     
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    The Nominee: New Age Services - newageservices.ca

    NAS Inc. is an organization that focuses on relationships within a team approach where everyone works together as equals with emphasis on responsibilities and accountabilities. The organization values and honours unique talents and skills. The principal goal of New Age Services is to ensure that the individuals being served receive genuine support and feel a personal connection with everyone on their team. As an agency, we have experienced much growth and strive to ensure that our vision and goals are met.

    The Innovation:
    NAS Inc. started a partnership with Bow Valley College in 2012. Bow Valley College comes to our organization and teaches the Community and Disability Certificate Program on site. Our staff take the course every Friday morning for 1.5 hours (with the instructor from BVC).

    We strongly believe in a qualified workforce, and if our staff were not qualified when they were hired, according to Workforce Classification, then it was mandatory for them to take this course. As well, any new people that we have hired since 2012 that were not qualified also take the course. It is a mandatory component of our contracts with all of our staff and contractors.

    What makes the innovation unique?

    Schooling is provided to staff on site, allowing them to be paid to go to school. We also utilize the Canada Alberta Job Grant in order to ensure that it is affordable for people. We believe in quality service, and qualified staff. This is how we demonstrate this, while providing our staff with an innovative way to meet their qualifications. We have had several people graduate from the program, and look forward to many more!
     
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    The Nominee: Southern Alberta Community Living Association (SACLA), Skills Society, Lift Interactive

    The Innovation:

    Creation of My Compass: People Powered Planning, a collaboration of three agencies created new technology to improve the quality of life of people receiving supports through human service organizations.After 5 years of research and development the partners have developed a user friendly App called My Compass: People Powered Planning that provides an engaging and humanized experience in how individualized services of people with disabilities are designed. The App will work on tablets, smart phones, or any computer and also is a means to report in meaningful ways on outcomes and action plans.

    What makes the innovation unique?

    MyCompass addresses the difficulty in empowering people with developmental disabilities and their circles of support to plan for a brighter future. Traditionally, social service providers will meet with a person with a disability on an annual basis to create a plan of support. People have the best intentions, but often the process is bureaucratic and dehumanizing for marginalized populations. The web-based tool allows individuals and their families to create a plan to improve five different areas of their lives (Home Life, Strengthening Relationships, Health & Wellness, Community Connections and Paid Employment); see the progress they have made in these areas; and provide key supports with a better way to access and manage information.

    MyCompass is helping people with developmental disabilities to become citizens of their own communities and to lead the lives that they want to lead.

    This web-based tool brings an individualized plan front and centre and provides individuals receiving service, family members and staff with a mechanism to create customized plans that open up opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to community life. People with disabilities want to be active, contributing members in their community. MyCompass helps them and those in their circles of support to create meaningful, tangible plans that will result in better and more meaningful lives.

     
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    The Nominee: Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency (URSA) - ursa-rehab.com

    URSA, a non-profit charitable organization, has provided services to seniors, adults and children with developmental disabilities and brain injury survivors since 1985. URSA has a variety of programs ranging from 10 hours a week in-home support, to 24-hour staffed residences, and a variety of day programs. URSA has numerous locations all across the city and we provide services to hundreds of individuals.

    The Innovation:
    URSA saw a need for an accessible retreat outside of Calgary city limits and opened Camp URSA in 2009. URSA fundraised the necessary dollars to make it a fully accessible camp that provides a welcoming respite for people with disabilities and brain injury survivors. Ramps, a lift, accessible washrooms, an accessible fire pit, and pathways were all built with a single purpose: to create a retreat space where all individuals, regardless of ability, can experience the beauty of a relaxing and calming retreat space.

    In 2016, the Camp was rebranded as URSA learned that the area was once a peaceful fishing
    retreat for acclaimed Canadian writer W.O. Mitchell, URSA received the blessing of the family
    to rename the centre the W.O. Mitchell URSA Retreat Centre, in a joint celebration of what this
    space offers to all who visit.

    What makes the innovation unique?
    This welcoming and accessible retreat centre is unlike any other in Alberta. To help ease the stress and planning of visits for guests, staff, and families, bedding and all food are provided and included in the cost. The Retreat Centre is an innovative and much need facility for those with disabilities looking to get out of the city and enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer.

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    The Nominee: Robin Hood Association - robinhoodassoc.com

    The Innovation: CET (Creating Excellence Together) preparation and evaluation system.

    What makes the innovation unique?
    This I.T. tool allows service provider to manage the entire CET preparation process in an online format, rather than relying on old fashioned paper and pencil technology.

     
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