Alberta Council of Disability Services

CDS Alberta

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Community Disability Services Alberta CDS Alberta and its six regions are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of adults and children with disabilities in their communities. This information will help you learn about our work and how you can have a rewarding career in Community Disability Services.

"I am very grateful that I work at an organization where I have gained knowledge, developed great friendships, and have become inspired to offer the most positive atmosphere for our clients. In my career as a community disability worker, I believe I have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities through my positive attitude, encouragement, knowledge, and dedication to the safety of our clients."
-Community Disability Services Worker (6-12 months)

Preparing for a Career

The field of Community Disability Services supports persons with developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, etc.) to live in the community in a variety of ways. Our goal is to ensure that Alberta is an inclusive society, enabling all members of its community to participate fully. The CDS Career Path Although a passionate spirit, a caring heart and an optimistic attitude are all must-haves, a career in community disability services also requires special training. In service training is provided by organizations within the sector. There are also University and College programs in Alberta that offer specialized diplomas and degrees that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a long and successful career.

You can also receive the following training while employed within the sector:

  • Agency specific in-service training
  • Foundations in Community and Disability Studies (sector designed on-the-job training that allows you to earn advance credit for 5 courses towards a college diploma)
  • Community Support Worker Excel Academy