The Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) supports Standards and Accreditation by collaborating with advisors and experts who are, in most instances, arms-length from our organization; in some cases, external to our field. We utilize their skills and expertise by having them serve on one or more of four committees that are specific to Accreditation.
The Commission on Accreditation (Commission) is an eight-member arms-length body that reviews and renders accreditation decisions on Accreditation Level 2 site survey reports for organizations that provide services within the field of Community Disability Services (CDS).
The Commission is chaired by a representative of the legal community and includes members who have an interest in and knowledge of the Accreditation Level 2 process and have a commitment to promoting Accreditation Level 2 surveys. Members may include
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The Exemption Panel is made up of six members who represent Community Disability Services (CDS) and the Ministry of Community and Social Services; Disabilities, Inclusion and Accessibility Division (DIAD, still commonly known as Persons with Developmental Disabilities [PDD]). The members must be familiar with the Creating Excellence Together (CET) Standards and review process.
The Panel only meets when organizations that have reason to believe that their services do not fit with the CET survey process request exemption from the process.
The Panel can be made up of any combination of persons who
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The Appeal Panel is struck by the ACDS Board of Directors (Board) for the purpose of reviewing a service provider’s appeal of
The Panel is comprised of members who work outside of the service provider’s region. Members generally include
The ACDS Director of Services and Accreditation takes part in Panel meetings to provide general clarification on the survey process and specific clarification around the survey being appealed. This is an ex officio non-voting role.
Other people who may be asked to take part in a specific meeting or be asked to provide additional information for the Panel could include
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Every three years, ACDS draws on the knowledge and experience of service providers, site surveyors and other stakeholders, plus formal and informal feedback, to ensure that the CET Standards
Click on Standards Review Committee to see which version of the CET standards are currently being used and to find out what is on the near horizon.