Values & Principles

We are committed to recognizing and upholding the rights, dignity, and individuality of people with disabilities.

Guided by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act, we ensure that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities and responsibilities as every citizen.

We focus on each person’s strengths and abilities, treating everyone with respect and dignity. Our person-centred services are tailored to individual needs, promoting independence and inclusivity while respecting diverse identities. We actively involve individuals and their support networks in planning and decision-making, advocating for their right to self-determination.

Through our work, we aim to foster community inclusion, enabling individuals to build meaningful relationships and participate fully in society. With a commitment to accountability and integrity, we strive to create welcoming and diverse communities where everyone can thrive.

Our Values and Principles

We provide person-centred services, designed and developed around the unique interests, abilities, and support needs of each individual.

Equal Rights: People with disabilities are individuals who have the same rights, entitlements, responsibilities, expectations and opportunities as every citizen of Canada and Alberta, as per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Alberta Human Rights Act.

Person-Centered: We recognize these individuals as people first, defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value as a contributing member of the community, not by their disability.

Dignity and Respect: We treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Talent Development: We view each person from a positive perspective in recognizing and supporting the development of their talents, skills and abilities.

Encourage Personal Development: We encourage each individual to use their talents, skills and abilities in providing leadership with their peers and within the community.

Independence and Advocacy: We promote the independence and protect the rights of each person through education, information sharing, and advocacy.

Individualized Services: We provide person-centred services, designed and developed around the unique interests, abilities and support needs of each individual.

Inclusion: We provide services that are responsive, respectful, and inclusive of the individual’s sexual, cultural, and religious identity. Services enable individuals to express their preferences freely i.e. without coercion or fear.

Informed Choices: We support each person and where applicable their support team, including their guardians and family members to make informed choices, especially in situations that may involve risk.

Involvement: We actively involve each individual and where applicable their support team, including the individual’s guardians and family members, PDD regional staff, Service Provider(s), support staff and other relevant stakeholders in the service planning process, decision making and implementation.

Self-Determination: We advocate for the right of each person to make and change their decisions as they so desire, to have self-determination and control over their lives.

Lifelong Relationship Development: We are dedicated and committed to assisting each person to develop lifelong relationships within their communities through employment, volunteerism, social activities, arts, education, recreation, community association, and community resources.

Community Engagement: We facilitate community inclusion and diversity with a particular focus on creating, increasing, and/or sustaining the capacity of communities to welcome these individuals.

Integrity: We perform our work with the highest levels of accountability, responsibility and integrity.