Advocacy

People with disabilities face stigma and challenges in the areas of access to healthcare, employment, accessible transportation, education and affordable, accessible housing. The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) identifies emerging issues affecting people with disabilities and their families through community and government consultation.

The CPAA ensures that planning committees include a disability focus. We respond to requests for information, and assist with policies, research and surveys. We also advocate, monitor, research and identify policy risks, threats, vulnerabilities, trends and opportunities that may affect our clients.

Calgary Ability Network (CAN)
Initiated by the CPAA, funded by United Way of Calgary and supported by the provincial government, CAN is a collaborative network of professionals and citizens from the disability community. The main goal of CAN is to bridge the gap between the fragmented disability communities in Calgary and advance policies that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Calgary Ability Network has four planning tables to address issues related to recreation, human rights, poverty reduction and accessible transportation. A fifth planning table is working in collaboration with the Accessible Housing Working Group.

For more information visit www.calgaryabilitynetwork.ca. If you are interested in contributing to any of the CAN tables, please contact Mezaun Lakha-Evin, Associate Executive Director, at 403-543-1161 or toll free 1-800-363-2807, or by Email.