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Membership Criteria & Applications

Criteria for Membership

Membership Eligibility (Bylaw #1):

  1. ACDS Member: (voting) Membership may be granted to any organization that demonstrates full compliance with the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) code of ethics, is Creating Excellence Together (CET) Accredited, and whose primary function is to provide services and/or supports to people who have mental, physical or developmental disabilities which create barriers to participation in their communities, within the province of Alberta.
  2. Affiliate Member: (non-voting) Membership may be granted to organizations that serve people who have mental, physical or developmental disabilities which create barriers to participation in their communities outside the Province of Alberta.
  3. Associate Member: (non-voting) Membership may be granted to any individual, family or organization that demonstrates full compliance with the ACDS code of ethics and has interests specific to services to individuals with mental, physical or developmental disabilities but is not required to be CET Accredited.
  4. Corporate Member: (non-voting) Membership may be granted to any corporation/organization that supports the work of ACDS but does not provide direct services.

Voting Powers (Bylaws #20, 21 & 22):

Bylaw 20. For those member organizations serving up to and including three people who have mental, physical or developmental disabilities that create barriers to community participation the organization would have no voting privileges at an Annual General Meeting or a Special/Extraordinary Meeting

Bylaw 21. Associate Members and Corporate Members would have no voting privileges at an Annual General Meeting or a Special/Extraordinary Meeting.

Bylaw 22. For those member organizations serving four or more people (who have mental, physical or developmental disabilities that create barriers to community participation), the organizations would have one vote at an Annual General Meeting or Special/Extraordinary Meeting.

Other Criteria

In addition to the above by-law criteria, membership acceptance will be conditional to the following:

  • Adherence to the ACDS Ethical Principles (enclosed);
  • Compliance with CET Accreditation or equivalent (ACDS Member Category only);
  • Future true and correct representation of ACDS and its environs;
  • Accurate and timely information on the Application Form (enclosed);
  • Payment of fees as per by-law 2.c.;

Membership Applications

Click here for ACDS Member Application

Click here for ACDS Associate Individual and Corporate Member Application

NOTE: Affiliate Membership is available for similar organizations outside the Province of Alberta.

ACDS Head Office

160 3015-12 Street NE
Calgary, AB  T2E 7J2
Ph: (403) 250-9495
Fax: (403) 291-9864
Email: acds@acds.caacds@acds.ca


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