Education and Awareness
VAD is dedicated to educating individuals, organizations, legislators, schools, decision-makers, airport personnel and employers about disability-related issues. We aim to dispel the myths that hinder persons with disabilities from participating fully in society. Education and awareness raising occur through the following activities:
Presentations (ongoing and upon request)
Since 1988, our Disability Awareness Presentation Program has given individuals the opportunity to meet a person with a disability who will answer questions and explain what it is like to live with a disability. This interaction helps to dispel fears and myths about people with disabilities, resulting in greater understanding and support. Each year we make presentations to hundreds of students and other interested individuals.
Read our Getting to Know Us curriculum, which we use to guide our elementary and junior high school visits.
Since 1996, VAD has assessed businesses and public buildings to determine how accessible they are to persons with physical and sensory disabilities. The results of the assessments are shared with business owners, who are encouraged to make their premises more accessible. While most of the assessments have taken place in Edmonton, we have also conducted assessments in Calgary, Canmore, Red Deer and communities surrounding Edmonton.
VAD educates decision-makers and the general public throughout the year to share insights and advice on removing barriers and improving the lives of Albertans with disabilities.
To keep our members and other interested parties informed about our activities and about disability issues, VAD distributes newsletters, provides up-to-date information on our website and maintains a library of more than 1,100 disability-related resources.
Non-partisan election campaigns
When municipal, provincial or federal elections are called, VAD focuses on two objectives: educating candidates about issues of concern to people with disabilities and educating people with disabilities about the election process.