Bill 205 responds directly to something the members of the disabilities community and their advocates have called for.
This bill would establish an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities in Alberta.
The Advocate would report to, and advise the Minister of Community and Social Services, and would have a mandate to
(a) identify and study issues of concern to persons with disabilities;
(b) review programs and policies affecting persons with disabilities;
(c) participate in processes in which decisions are made about persons with disabilities;
(d) promote the rights, interests and well-being of person with disabilities through public education;
(e) provide information and advice to the Government with respect to any matter relating to the rights, interests and well-being of person with disabilities
(f) assist individuals who are having difficulty accessing services for persons with disabilities and related programs, including directing them to an appropriate resource, person or organization that may be able to assist them.
I would appreciate your comments and thoughts on this proposed Bill.
- MLA Sandra Jansen