Our members’ success is our passion.


To advocate for, represent and support a professional workforce
in the community disability services industry.


An Alberta where people with disabilities are supported by
a valued, skilled and certified workforce.


“In order for us to have real inclusion, we need to be aware of all types of individuals, so we can effectively serve and build on skills. ADWA gives me a voice and builds my skills to serve my individuals with all types of abilities.”
Silvia Pinto

“I joined ADWA because I wanted to further explore more opportunities that would help me to develop my skills in this field. Skills, that I could use and share in my team and especially with the individual that I am supporting. As a member of ADWA Champions, I am very thankful  to find the right support system with the same advocacy, that continues to encourage me to do my best. I LOVE MY JOB!”

Jasmin Padre

“I became a member of ADWA soon after it started because I believed and still believe that we are a professional group in our own right.”

Lillian Westling

“I have been involved with ADWA since it started as I believe that it will be through this association that disability workers voices will be heard.  There needs to be a professional group that has the ability to make our voices heard and ADWA has been and hopefully will continue to be that voice.  I believe that it will be through the efforts of ADWA that the disability field becomes seen as a professional entity.”

Darren Bennett
“ADWA is the foundational association for Community Disability Workers throughout Alberta. I first learned about ADWA approximately 8 years ago when I was working frontline. After reading what ADWA was all about, I felt that it aligned with my values of advocacy, fair compensation, professionalism and competency. I became a member as soon as I could. I have been a board member since 2018 and still am very passionate and proud of the work ADWA continues to do!”
Alyssa Deutscher
“ADWA has given me a voice and supported me in advocating for respect for my clinical practice.”
Nadia Wilkins
“Joining ADWA has given me countless opportunities to network with others in the community on a local and even global level.”
Dale Cena
“I joined ADWA because I needed to help raise a voice to how important this field is.”
Kaylee Dawson


We are stronger together.

ADWA’s advocacy strength is in its membership. ADWA is the recognized voice and advocate for the community disability service workforce. Our advocacy is focused on the priorities members identify.

Share and learn together.

ADWA provides opportunities to connect with peers, self-advocates, families, government personnel and other allies in many ways, such as panel discussions and forums.

ADWA Champions, Committees, Board Membership and more.

ADWA Champions help to build a valued, proud and professional workforce, acting as a conduit between the workforce and ADWA. Committee opportunities for members include External Relations, Membership and Certification. The ADWA Board is comprised of a maximum of 11 members. There are always other opportunities for membership involvement.

Building a valued, skilled and certified workforce.

Members take great pride in their profession and the positive impact of their work with others. ADWA encourages education and training and strives for formal recognition of its members’ skills and professionalization through certification.

We all love a good deal.

Perkopolis is ADWA members’ one-stop shop for discounts on things like flights (ie: up to 15% off with WestJet), vehicle rentals, hotels and more!

Membership in ADWA says your work is not just a job; it is a profession!

Membership will provide you with many benefits, including access to a wealth of knowledge about best practices, new resources, advocacy efforts, jobs in the disability sector and more. ADWA is a membership-driven professional association. You will have a voice with people who listen and take action on your behalf.

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