A final thing to think about is that most people on AISH contribute to our communities in a variety of ways. They create art for us to enjoy or be inspired by. They volunteer to help individuals and organizations when they have the time and energy. They provide emotional, and sometimes practical, support to friends and family so that they do not have to seek help from stretched community resources. They share their stories with the community and government to help create better understanding and greater compassion for diversity. They work with government and community organizations on problems to ensure that solutions are inclusive and the best possible for all Albertans.
- How much does the program give people in terms of money or payment of expenses?
- How much can a person earn without it being clawed back by the program?
- What is the basic cost of living (e.g., poverty line) in that part of Canada?
It is very hard to compare the programs in all 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. Their websites are not always clear and some places pay for things like people's utilities and rent directly instead of giving the amount to the person to pay for those things themselves. The Maytree Foundation Welfare in Canada report is a good source of information and we used it when we could not find better information. Thanks so much to Margaret Ireland who did the initial work finding and interpreting information on the various provincial and territorial programs. The table below shares our answers to the three questions above:
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There are still other problems with the AISH system that need to be fixed. Sometimes the rules are hard to understand or information is mis-leading. If you have problems with AISH, please contact the Disability Advocate office and ask for help. Call 1-800-272-8841 for free or email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6, 2017
Letter from David Morhart, Deputy Minister, Community and Social Services
--Message from AACT
We wish that everybody who has problems with AISH did not have them. Thank you to those who write in to tell us about the problems they have had with AISH. We do not have staff or other resources to help individuals advocate with AISH staff. The Voices of Albertans with Disabilities group has people who can help you with AISH forms. All we can do is post your comments with your experience on our website. We encourage you to share your stories with the Ministry while they are looking at how to change AISH to make it better.
We find out things when we talk to each other about AISH. Here is what we found out at our July 2012 meeting. Click on the box in the bottom right corner to make the video bigger.
AISH covers the same medications as Blue Cross. Pharmacists have a list of those medications. If your medication is not on that list, ask your doctor to write a letter for you to take to AISH to see if they will cover the costs of that medication. You will still have to pay the pharmacy dispensing fee if they charge one.
AISH Online Policy Manual
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All over Alberta, self-advocacy groups work to raise AISH. We got a raise. Now we need the government to say that AISH will go up whenever the cost of living goes up.
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