Steps to apply

Step 1. Check your eligibility

Review the eligibility criteria to decide if the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program is right for you.

Step 2. Fill out the online application

Use the online application at by:

  • creating a secure account, if you do not have one
  • choosing the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) application
  • filling it out online and submitting it

If you would like help filling out the online application, contact the nearest Disability Services office or Alberta Supports.

After you apply

Provide documents

A PDD worker may need more information to decide if you are eligible for the program. They may ask you to find and send documents that support your application, such as:

  • an assessment report confirming your developmental disability, or
  • a letter or documents with information about your developmental disability from your school or a doctor or specialist
  • documents to show your age and citizenship, such as a:
    • birth certificate or record of birth
    • permanent resident or citizenship card
    • record of landing
    • passport
  • documents for other programs you are involved in, such as:
    • Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
    • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
    • Alberta Aids to Daily Living

Meet with a PDD worker

There will be one or more meetings with a PDD worker to see if you are eligible for the program. When you meet, they will:

  • talk to you and your family, friends and others on your support team
  • review the documents that support your application

Sometimes your PDD worker changes when you start planning your services. This happens because some PDD workers only handle applications and others help you plan and access services.

If you are eligible

Your PDD worker will set up meetings with you and your support team to create your Outcome Plan. You will work together to:

  • identify your vision for the kind of life you want to have
  • look at the support you get from family, friends and your community
  • understand your needs by reviewing your history and reports
  • find the services that will help meet your needs
  • decide which services you will get through the PDD program

Your PDD application information can also be used to apply for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program. Your PDD worker will help you do this if you like.

If you are not eligible

Your PDD worker will meet with you and your support team to:

  • explain why you are not eligible
  • give you information about other Alberta government programs and services you may be eligible for
  • provide information about other supports in your community
  • tell you and your support team about ways to resolve concerns about your eligibility

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