Quick Guide to PDD
What is PDD?
PDD is short for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program. It is a provincial government program that pays for staff to help adult Albertans with developmental disabilities to be a part of their community and live as independently as they can.
The PDD program is run by six community boards. The program funds four kinds of staffing supports:
- Community Living Supports help individuals in their home (for example: meal planning and housekeeping)
- Employment Supports train, educate and support individuals to get and keep jobs
- Community Access Supports help individuals participate in their community (for example: volunteering, going to clubs, sports and other activities)
- Specialized Community Supports are generally short-term supports to help with special circumstances (for example: extra help when a person is having trouble)
These services add to the support of family, friends and community members.
Who can get help from PDD?
To be eligible for PDD, a person must be an adult (18 or older) and meet these three criteria:
- The individual must have a "significant limitation in intellectual capacity." This means an IQ score of 70 or below.
- The individual must have a "significant limitation in adaptive skills." This means the individual needs help with daily living activities like making food. PDD measures this by checking whether the person needs help with six or more out of 24 typical skills.
- The individual must have had both of these two limitations before he or she turned 18.
For more detailed information about these eligibility criteria, see the Developmental Disabilities Guidelines
How does it work?
PDD services are provided by service providers in the community. PDD service providers are agencies that specialize in helping people with disabilities. PDD gives these agencies money to pay for the staff supports that individuals need.
PDD services can also be provided through a Family Managed Services agreement. With Family Managed Services, an individual with a developmental disability, their family, or a close friend can directly hire staff or a service provider that has been approved by the PDD program. For more information on this, visit our Family Managed Services section.
How do I get help from PDD?
To apply for funding through the PDD Program, please fill out and submit the PDD registration form. Once we receive your form, someone from the PDD Program will contact you as soon as possible to talk to you about how we can help you. If you need help filling out this form, call 1-877-644-9992 (your call is free if you are in Alberta).
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