New toll-free telephone line launched to help make child disability-related information more accessible

To help make child disability-related information more accessible for families, a new provincial toll-free telephone line was launched on Aug. 3.

Information and referral agents at the Child Disability Resource Link will give callers information about where a family can go to access supports and services for their child with a disability. Agents can help with topics ranging from how to access home care or medical equipment to accessing parent support groups, respite care or counselling services.

"We established this telephone line because parents and stakeholders told us they needed one central line that could give them general information about helpful services for children with disabilities," said Children's Services Minister Iris Evans. "The Child Disability Resource Link will give callers information not only about provincial services they can access, but also services that are available in their own communities."

Information and referral agents are available toll-free weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 1-866-346-4661.

The Child Disability Resource Link was launched as a result of requests made from parents and stakeholders throughout the Child Welfare Act review, in addition to forums and focus groups held prior to the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act becoming law on Aug. 1.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act is the first separate and distinct legislation in Canada for children with disabilities and their families. It focuses on families by providing a wide range of supports and services that strengthen a family's ability to promote their child's healthy growth and development.

For more information on the new legislation, visit www.child.gov.ab.ca.

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