2018 May

The Government of Alberta sets out to hire its first Advocate for People With Disabilities, about 11 months after the original announcement.1 People involved in the disability community are excited for this addition.2 As Sahana Parameswara, Executive Director of Gateway Association explained, “ is definitely needed, because there needs to be accountability on all levels.”3 Sahana argued that the new office should should provide a space where people with disabilities are encouraged to be permanent and active members from the beginning.4 The advocate position entails creating a yearly report to the Minister of Community and Social Services to give a summary of issues and suggestions for improvements within the community.5


1. Government of Alberta, “Advocate for Persons with Disabilities consultation,” alberta.ca, accessed July 23, 2018, https://www.alberta.ca/advocate-for-persons-with-disabilities-consultation.aspx.

2. Ibid.

3. CBC News, “Province hiring its first advocate for people with disabilities,” cbc.ca, accessed July 23, 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/province-hiring-its-first-advocate-for-people-with-disabilities-1.4654380.

4. Ibid.

5. Government of Alberta, “Advocate.”