The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) offers services that assess needs and identify the strengths in our members of all ages. We have a full time Social Worker in Calgary, and a Community Connections Coordinator in Edmonton on hand to help support, enrich and enhance the lives of our clients.
To become a CPAA Client, please fill out our Client Intake Form.
- One-on-one support to individuals and families going through the various stages of diagnoses, acceptance and living with cerebral palsy
- One-on-one counselling, assistance for funding applications, finding accessible funding, educational decisions and directions, poverty reduction, and goal setting for members
- Telephone support to members experiencing various forms of crisis
- Patient support in hospitals and home visits to adults and families
- Advocating for individuals and families with appeals to various agencies such as Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Alberta Aids for Daily Living (AADL), Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Person with Developmental Disabilities (PDD), Employment, School, Handi-bus, etc
- Advocacy training to individuals and family members; support with human rights concerns
- Collaboration with agencies to assist members with community issues, barriers and challenges so they can live a Life without Limits
- Assisting in the development of local support groups
For youth between the ages of 16 and 25 we offer customized support to help them prepare for adult life. Activities include one-on-one counselling, group support and transitions workshops and an emphasis on self-management of health care and transitioning to adult health services.
The goals of the program are to enable young people with disabilities and or special health care needs to:
- Gain a greater understanding of their disabilities and/or special health care needs through interaction with other young adults and mentors who have disabilities and/or special health care needs
- Build positive communication skills that will help them to describe and educate others about their disability, leading them to advocate for themselves at home, in school, in health care settings, and in the community
- Develop strategies for taking more responsibility for activities of daily living, including managing their health care
- Learn how to access resources in the community to help them prepare for the transition to adulthood
- Explore healthy lifestyles and recreation options
- Increase knowledge about educational, career and independent living options
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