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Focusing On What You Can Control

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Welcome to another week of mental health and mindfulness! These past three months have been a ride, haven’t they? How have you made it through? How have you kept your head above water despite the constantly changing information, the disconnect from your social network, the overwhelming amount of loss that you and/or your loved ones…

Human Services gets an Upgrade

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 By:
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At CASS, we truly believe that the world and our industry are made better by People Supporting People. That phrase reflects our values both in the way that we deliver frontline support, and the way that our agency operates internally. In order for the people of CASS’s frontline staff to support people, it is important…

Gratitude – a Game Changer

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Our lives have become smaller in the past three months than ever. I don’t know about you, but staring at the same four walls day in and day out tests my patience, my optimism, and my strength. I fluctuate between moments of numbing and denial with moments of ready-to-burst panic and confusion. It doesn’t feel…

The Importance of Community

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 By:
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Friday March 13th was the last day that things seemed normal. Everyone was feeling a little anxious with the news stories about Covid-19: the cases were rapidly rising in Alberta. Days later, on the following Sunday afternoon, a global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization. Toilet paper was flying off the shelves, along…

Hey I’m new here!

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Melanie and I’ve worked at CASS for 4 years now! While I’ve worked with people who have developmental disabilities my whole adult life, I’ve been a counselling therapist for 11 years. My counselling approach is mainly cognitive behavioral therapy with lots of integration of mindfulness and dialectical…

Welcome to our new website!

Posted on Mon, Jun 1, 2020 By:
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Welcome to our new website! As you can see, our website has been given a complete makeover. This development has been a long time coming as the previous incarnation had been in service for well over 10 years and was clearly getting long in the tooth. A big thank you is owed to the CASS…

Re-imagining the Role of Human Service Workers

Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 By:
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Re-imagining the Role of Human Service Workers: Staff Experiences of a Social Change Initiative The need for change in the field is evident given the continued marginalization of people with intellectual disabilities. This 2017 Case Study of a Change Initiative at an Edmonton agency serving people with intellectual disabilities illustrates the challenges and benefits around…

Opportunity is Not Always ‘Equal-Access’

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 By:
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So much of who we are is based on the opportunities that we took advantage of. Some of those opportunities were as simple as education choices, jobs, relationships, vacation destinations and even getting a driver’s license. Some of the opportunities we take might even represent a degree of ‘healthy risk’ – like snowboarding, biking across…

Canadian Accessibility Act In Development Now – Voices Required

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 By:
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Accessibility isn’t, we’ve learned, just about the physical environment, and discrimination isn’t just about negative attitudes. So much of what non-disabled people design is designed for people just like them. The problem is, people with disabilities are a growing demographic and already represent about 15% of our population – so designing systems, policies and environments that inadvertently…