Any person residing in Alberta who is 18 years or older, working in the community disability services field, may become a full member upon payment of the membership fee. Full members shall be entitled to voting privileges.
Any post-secondary student currently registered full-time in a human service-related program who supports the mission and principles of the Association may become a student member of the Association by providing the Association with a copy of documentation of status on college or university letterhead. Student members shall be entitled to voting privileges upon payment of the membership fee.
Any person, organization (that works in support of people with disabilities), or corporation that supports the mission and principles of the Association may become an associate member upon approval by the Membership Committee. Associate members shall not be entitled to voting privileges.
Can I take my ADWA dues off my income tax?
Not at this time. The Canada Revenue Agency only allows dues to be tax-deductible if they are required in order to be allowed to practice your profession. This applies to regulated professions, such as social work, engineering, physical therapist, etc. A certification process is part of the process to becoming a regulated profession (e.g., under the Health Professions Act). But for now, you do not need to be either certified or an ADWA member to be a community disability service worker.