Impact and insights: COVID-19 and Alberta’s community disability services sector. Executive summary

On March 17, 2020, Alberta declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many industries, the Community Disability Services (CDS) sector responded rapidly and creatively to unforeseen challenges. The pandemic also exacerbated longstanding problems in the CDS sector. ACDS has produced a research report synthesizing how service providers in the CDS sector were impacted during the first six months since the public health emergency was declared. It documents the insights gleaned from those experiences, emerging learnings, promising practices, and chronic issues that must be addressed for the sector to be effective and sustainable in a challenging postpandemic social and economic reality. The information in the report is based on what we heard from March to the end of September 2020 through our participation in various provincial and regional forums, and from individual communications. Data sources number well into the hundreds, and include meeting minutes and notes; copies of emails sent by agencies or networks; regional pulse-check surveys, and emails or notes of conversations with service providers and government officers.

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Alberta Council of Disability Services