Community Resources

There are many resources in Alberta that can help you meet your goals and lead a full, active life – whether it’s a sports club, eye health organization, recreational facility or an agency that offers disability benefits to people who are blind or partially sighted. Browse the list below to learn more.​

Publications:

  • Children’s Resource Kit This publication is designed to be a resource for children and youth with vision loss and their families. Although not a comprehensive listing, this guide highlights many of the services and resources that may be available to Alberta families. The listings in this publication are based on information available from various organizations and are current as of April, 2006.

  • Children’s Resource Kit (PDF Format only)

Community Organizations:

  • Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD):
    ACCD is a consumer-directed organization that actively promotes full participation in society for Albertans with disabilities.

  • Alberta Society for the Visually Impaired (ASVI), Calgary and Edmonton:
    ASVI is actively involved in advocacy efforts with various levels of government, providing educational and social opportunities for families and service providers, and otherwise working together to maximize opportunities for the success of children faced with vision loss, including those with additional needs.

  • Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB):
    ASRAB offers Lawn Bowling and other recreational outings. For more information about their activities, contact Marily MacIntosh at ASRAB 1-888-882-7722 or for bowling, call Geoff Connor (780) 454-7092.

  • Brail Tone Music Society Of Canada
    A choir of people with vision loss welcomes new members and offers music lessons. Contact Teresa Baudin (780) 448-1807

  • Canadian Association Of Disabled Skiers (CADS)
    CADS Office hours Tuesday & Thursday 8 am to 3 pm
    www.cadsalberta.ca

  • Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB):
    CCB promotes advocacy for people who are blind or have significant vision loss. They hold monthly business meetings as well as social activities including bingo, cribbage, dinners, dances and barbecues.

  • Champions Career Centre:
    By working collaboratively with government, companies and local and regional disability organizations, Champions and its partners help individuals with disabilities prepare to find employment, further their education, and fulfil their career goals.

  • Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES):
    DRES provides assistance to Albertans to overcome the barriers to employment created by their disability.

  • Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary (ILRC):
    ILRCC is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability, community-based, non-profit organization that is committed to promoting and enabling all persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their lives and to achieve their own level of independence.

  • Material Resource Unit (MRU):
    MRU loans alternate format resources (braille, audio, electronic resources and large print), learning kits, student equipment and professional resources to assist Alberta schools in the delivery of an educational program for their ECS - Grade 12 students with significant vision loss. Their newsletter contains information of interest to parents of children with vision loss.

  • On Site Placement Services:
    In Edmonton, On Site Placement Services Association exists help individuals maximize their independence by offering a continuum of skill development opportunities.

  • Paralympic Sports Association
    A variety of sport and recreation activities are provided for participants with vision loss or physical disabilities. For more information, call (780) 439-8687 or info@parasports.net
    www.parasports.net

  • Poverty Reduction Coalition
    This site is designed to help you learn more about poverty reduction efforts in Calgary. It is a valuable resource for up-to-date information, research and local poverty statistics.

  • Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities:
    The Premier's Council aims to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, by listening to issues of the disability community, and communicating them to members of government. 

  • Seniors Assisted Transportation Society (SATS) of Greater Edmonton
    Seniors Assisted Transportation Society (SATS) of Greater Edmonton is focused on keeping Edmonton seniors independent. SATS provides volunteer-assisted transportation to elders so they can engage in their usual activities. Volunteer drivers urgently needed.

  • The Steadward Centre
    The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement is a disability research centre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton that provides physical activity and sport programs for people with disabilities. Contact Karen Robinson, Acting Program Director, (780) 492-7158 or kl.robinson@ualberta.ca
    www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca

  • Uveitis: Uveitis Support Canada facilitates access to state-of-the art information in Canada about diagnosis and treatment of ocular inflammatory disease, and is a resource for Canadian patients and physicians. There is a Calgary-based support group for individuals and families affected by uveitis.

  • Get Together for Goal Ball!
    Interested in this exciting sport? Contact Carrie at 780-454-3763 for information about upcoming opportunities for young people 14 years of age and older.

  • Leisure Opportunities for Persons with Special Needs
    To receive a copy of this guide developed by the City of Edmonton or for information about leisure and recreation opportunities, call 780-496-4917.

  • Paralympic Sports Association
    Exciting recreation opportunities exist for young people with disabilities. Call 780-439-8687 for more information.

  • Learn Braille
    If you are interested in learning contracted braille by correspondence or in-class, contact ASVI at 780-453-8345. For more information, visit www.asviedmonton.org

  • Bowl with the Edmonton Fantastix!
    Canadian Council for the Blind invites you to join them Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. at Bonnie Doon Lanes. Contact Wendie Brandle 780-468-7021

  • Curling For People With Vision Loss
    Curl at the Granite Curling Club, 8620 – 107 St., all winter long. Saturdays at 4. Contact Rose Barber 780-484-1911

  • Enjoy Talking Books?
    Once a month, the Talking Book Club meets at the Edmonton Public Library to discuss new recorded books. Call Library Access, 780-496-1888, for dates and times