Alberta Council of Disability Services

ACDS COVID-19 Updates

ACDS will be sending frequent updates with any new information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates are issued by Andrea Hesse, CEO. Click the links below to view each of the updates.

April 3

  • New Public Health Order for continuing care facilities: notification of COVID-19 cases, staff working in multiple facilities 

April 2

  • Child care centres available to essential workers, including disability services staff 
  • CSS has committed to ongoing videoconferences with service providers 
  • April 1 Service Provider Partnership Committee meeting: addressing systemic issues, PPE 
  • New AHS resource for congregated living 
  • ABNN flash survey: understanding the impact of COVID-19 and what the nonprofit sector needs 
  • New COVID-19 ACDS email contact: COVID19@acds.ca

March 26

  • Schedule of upcoming virtual meetings between CSS and regional stakeholders 
  • New Public Health Order issued March 25: Guidelines on use of PPE. New requirements around common spaces and programming, and more
  • ACDS, ALIGN and ECVO initiative: navigating the web of benefits and resources available to you 

March 25

  • ACDS’ key priorities are to successfully advocate for the CDS sector, and build sector capacity  
  • ACDS is committed to supporting the sector through this critical time 
  • Important outcomes of today’s SPPC meeting: CSS’ commitment to regular virtual meetings, and other commitments 
  • Confirmed group home cases and visitation guidelines

March 24

  • Letter from CSS regarding the new Public Health Order for continuing care facilities
  • Record of Decision from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

March 23

  • New Public Health Order for continuing care facilities
  • Report your ongoing challenges

March 20

  • CET Accreditation Survey Update
  • Message from Ministry of CSS

March 18

  • ACDS’ COVID-19 related advocacy efforts: update on outcomes following today’s meeting with the Service Provider Partnership Committee   
  • Responding to staffing shortages: connecting and collaborating
  • Federal emergency response package: financial relief for individuals and businesses  

March 17

  • ACDS advocacy efforts
  • Operational status as of March 17, 2020
  • ACDS annual conference new dates - September 22-23, 2020
  • Innovation award update

March 13

  • Message from Andrea Hesse, CEO
  • Operational status as of March 13, 2020
  • ACDS 2020 Annual conference postponed
  • Pandemic Planning