Community Access Services

Enhancing Inclusion and Engagement

Our Community Access Services are dedicated to supporting each individual in their journey to become a valued and active member of the community. By offering a wide range of inclusive opportunities in social activities, arts, education, recreation, community association, community resources, and volunteerism, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and participation.

These services are especially beneficial for individuals seeking a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle, regardless of their interest in employment. Whether one is not currently seeking employment or wishes to complement their work life with enriching community activities, our services cater to diverse needs and aspirations.

Funded by the Alberta Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program.

Program Entry Requirements


The program is available to adults with developmental disabilities who are approved by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program and meet their criteria. For enrollment information please contact:

Collins Baffour, 

Community Support Worker

P| 587-229-8581

Manuel Rumbaoa, 

Services Coordinator


We understand the importance of personalized support.


Which is why our approach to Community Access Services is highly individualized. Daily, weekly, and monthly activity schedules are carefully crafted to align with each individual’s goals, interests, and support needs. This ensures that every individual can engage in activities that are not only enjoyable but also meaningful and aligned with their personal growth and community integration objectives.

Activities and schedules are dynamic, allowing for regular review and adjustments by the individual and their support team. This collaborative process ensures that the services remain responsive to the evolving needs and preferences of each person we serve.

Columbia College serves as a central hub for our Community Access Services, providing a conducive space for meetings, additional support, and a variety of group or classroom-based activities. The college environment enriches our program, offering access to educational resources, social interactions, and a supportive community that enhances the overall experience of our participants.

By prioritizing individual needs and leveraging community resources, our Community Access Services aim to create a nurturing environment where individuals with developmental disabilities can thrive, contribute, and enjoy a quality of life that reflects their own definitions of success and fulfillment.

CSSD Course Descriptions

CSSD 101 Personal Development
The Personal Development course assists students in developing the personal and interpersonal skills necessary to secure and maintain competitive, independent employment and to become valued members of the community. Modules may include positive attitude, team building, self-esteem and self-confidence, assertiveness, values, decision-making, goal setting, problem solving, communication, motivation and initiative, leadership, interpersonal skills, honesty, dependability, grooming, hygiene and life skills, as well as other special interest topics.

CSSD 102 Computer Basics and Work Related Academics
The Computer Basics Course provides students with an introduction to computers, the Internet, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as reading skills, spelling skills, and mathematics skills.

CSSD 103 Job Maintenance
The Job Maintenance course provides students with the opportunity to discuss and explore issues, problems, concerns and challenges relating to and maintaining competitive, independent employment. Modules may include specific situations which arise in the workplace: dress code, punctuality and attendance, cooperation with supervisor, co-workers and the public, asking questions, resolving conflicts, accepting feedback, following instructions, time management, proper work habits and manners, stress management, discrimination, causes for dismissal, productivity, quality control, first day on the job.

CSSD 104 Work Experience
The purpose of this course is to provide each student with experience in his/her chosen occupation where he/she will have an opportunity to enhance skills, develop new skills, and explore the career he/she desires. Staff are responsible for marketing the student and securing each work experience placement based on goals outlined in the student’s Individual Service Plan. Staff provide individualized on-the-job training and follow-up support as required. Each work experience placement involves a formal agreement between Columbia College, the student/guardian and the employer.

CSSD 105 Job Search/Job Placement
The Job Search course assists the student with enhancing his/her awareness of the qualifications for a variety of jobs and effective methods for gaining competitive, independent employment. Modules in this course may include: skills assessment and identification, values clarification, job market research, resume writing, application forms, cover letters, networking, contacting employers, telephone skills, interview skills, informational interviews, follow-up calls and thank-you letters.

CSSD 106 Job Safety
This course will help students to be aware of risks that surround them every day and in their daily activities on the job. This course aims to provide information to ensure safety on the job, Alberta Health Standards and Occupational Health and Safety. Modules in this course may include personal safety management, fire safety, back care, ergonomics, first aid practice, hazards, WHIMS, job safety and the law, Worker’s Compensation Board, workplace injuries, personal protective equipment, duty to accommodate and crime prevention.