Overview

Your Advocate is committed to enhancing well-being and quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities. By building critical relationships and engaging diverse stakeholders within the disabilities community, the Advocate informs and addresses issues affecting Albertans with disabilities. The Advocate’s office also assists individuals and families by providing referral, path-finding and concern resolution support.

Here you will find more information about what the office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities does and how to get in touch with us.

Tony Flores met with the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Review Panel to better understand the issues being brought forward by individuals and families who access PDD services.

How the Advocate can help

The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities helps to:

Resolve concerns

The Advocate and their office provide concern resolution support by assisting children, youth and adults, their family members and caregivers in navigating disability programs, services and existing complaints processes in an effective manner.

Educate

The Advocate promotes the rights, interests and well-being of persons with disabilities, in alignment with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, through education, presentations with community, organizing professional development opportunities and social media.

Inform

Building partnerships to understand issues is a priority for the Advocate, and they can inform change by engaging with community, delivering expert advice to senior ministry leadership, and collaborating with other provincial advocates and advisories.

What is the Advocate not able to help with?

The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities cannot:

  • provide counselling
  • make decisions for another person
  • provide mediation services or represent at court/tribunal
  • provide case management

About the Advocate

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    Tony Flores

    Tony Flores has been selected as Alberta’s first Advocate for Persons with Disabilities. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science with extensive personal and professional experience working with people with disabilities, their support networks and stakeholders. He is a self-advocate who believes strongly in empowering people with disabilities to reach their full potential and looks forward to being part of a team that will focus on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.  Flores is an accomplished athlete, has extensive experience working with a non-profit organization and has volunteered – both locally and internationally – mentoring and coaching athletes with disabilities.

Connecting with Albertans

In 2018, more than 1,300 Albertans with disabilities, families, service providers and support organizations provided input as part of a public consultation on the role and responsibilities of the advocate. One of the top priorities identified for the advocate was the establishment of relationships with people living with disabilities.

The Advocate is focused on connecting with Albertans with disabilities, their families and caregivers. To support this, the Advocate and their office staff are able to attend and present at your disability-related events, such as town hall meetings, annual general meetings or discussion groups. Presentations cover the work of the Advocate specifically, or critical issues affecting Albertans with disabilities.

Ongoing input from the public is used to help advise senior Ministry and government leadership on key issues for Albertans with disabilities.

Annual reports

The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act mandates that the Advocate prepare and submit to the Minister of Community and Social Services a report summarizing the activities of the Advocate for the last year. The Minister will present the report to the Legislative Assembly.

Contact

To connect with the office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities or to make an appointment to meet with the Advocate or an Advocate Representative:

Phone: 1-800-272-8841
Email: advocate.disability@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-415-0097

Address (please make an appointment):

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Suite 1110, 10055 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2Y2

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