Family resource centres expand across Alberta

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EDMONTON – The province is investing $1.5 million to increase access to family resource centres to better support families and people with disabilities.

Family resource centres provide tools, resources and information to help families and individuals navigate the disability services they rely on in their own communities.

“Expanding family resource centres is one way to help ensure disability services are accessible for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families now and into the future,” said Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services.

“We’re opening new centres and also focusing on innovation like providing more virtual services. This means Albertans across the province will be able to get the help they need regardless of where they live.”

Grants to open new centres and expand existing services have been awarded to the Gateway Association in Edmonton, STEPS Society in Red Deer, Inclusion Alberta and Autism Society Alberta.

Family resource centres provide support to families accessing the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) and Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) programs.

More than 2,500 families manage their own services through the PDD program and about 15,000 families manage their FSCD services. Family resource centres will provide virtual services through online and telephone channels serving Albertans across the province.

Family resource centres operate in:

  • Grande Prairie
  • St. Paul
  • Chinook/Medicine Hat
  • Red Deer
  • Fort McMurray
  • Lethbridge
  • Crowsnest Pass
  • services will expand in Edmonton and Calgary