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Disability Action Hall 

Calgary Ability Network 

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Feed a Million People - Improve Life YYC is a free pancake breakfast on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Eastside Victory Church (1840 - 38 Street SE). Everyone is welcome. This event is a partnership with Poverty Talks and other community organizations.

The 17th annual Speak Out will be Friday, June 5, 2015 from 11:00 am. - 1:00 p.m. at the Twin Views Communal Garden (3425 - 26 Avenue SE). The theme is Eat, Cook, Grow and activities will relate to the theme.

The Disability Action Hall meets most Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Calgary SCOPE office (219 - 18 Street SE). Supper is provided. Contact Colleen ( if there are foods you cannot eat so we can prepare.

Past Events

On June 19, the Disability Action Hall hosted a talk with PDD about the SIS (Supports Intensity Scale) from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Calgary SCOPE office (219 - 18 Street SE).
The 16th annual Speak Out rally was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Calgary in the festival area by Eau Claire Market. The theme is the Right to Play. Activities include workshops, floor hockey, films, a parade in the park and an awards ceremony for people and organizations who support the right of people with disabilities to play. For the program, see 

Picture this... film festival!!!

The Picture festival was held Monday, February 10, 11 and 12th, 2014 from 10-9pm at the Hall of Nations, West Island College, 7410 Blackfoot Trail SE (Just north of the Farmer's Market).

Visit to learn more about the films and download the catalogue!

Celebrating Pride: Pechakucha Style!

Last International Day of Disabled Persons an incredible list of speakers celebrated with us for our first ever Pechakucha series. What an memorable day. Thank you to the following People who spoke at our event.
  • Marc W Ross - Motivational Speaker, Choicemakerz
  • Emily Hutcheon - Working cross disability and host of 'We should known each other'
  • Morley Elementary/Junior High School - First Nations students from Morley Alberta
  • Jacqui Burnham- Deaf Culture and pride
  • Cecile Buhl - Living Library book & dedicated volunteer
  • Nigel Kirk - Poverty Talks & Affordable Housing Advocate 
  • Thomas Poulsen and Lloyd Thornhill - Activism in the arts
  • Ashely Pinay - Mentor for Brain Injury Educator and Public Speaker
We also like to thank the Calgary Public Library for helping us collaborate and for the International Day of Disabled Persons committee sharing our work. We did such a great job inspiring people that the City of Edmonton is going to do it next year; we had a meeting with the City of Edmonton and passed on what we learned from our experience. Good luck Edmonton next year and we can’t wait to see the stories. Stay tuned to the Action Hall website for the speakers' videos to be available on line.  

Celebrating better mobility

We also want to thank Calgary City Council for all their support unanimously voting to get rid of the 1 km restriction. To see video footage of the story....

Before this decision, a person in a wheelchair who lived more than 1 km from a bus stop would not get service unless they paid another $ 20. (A big hardship if your monthly allowance from the modified AISH program is only $ 315 a month living in a long term care facility). We are proud of our City reversing this policy and now making it easier for anyone within city limits to get Access Calgary services. 

A special warm hug also goes out to Lucy Fowler who was determined to help her sister and everyone impacted by the 1 km rule. Lucy fought hard for her sister and without her dedicated effort, this decision would not be possible. 
We also gave the City of Calgary a great big huge thank you card where many people from the International day of Disabled Persons celebrations signed the card! Fantastic! This decision also helps Calgary make our City more age and mobility friendly. We can’t wait to update the Imagine Calgary people that we are steps closer to creating a sustainable City! To learn more about Imagine Calgary and the amazing people trying to help make our City a fabulous place in the future visit

Helping Calgary Envision a Better Alberta

Last August we held a community meeting to help create a better plan for the future of Albertans with Disabilities. To see the community plan, please visit the website.

We helped the community organize a follow-up meeting February 19th to talk about what is good about the PDD changes and what could be better. 

Stay tuned for an update from us about how the day went. If you like to join and learn more about the envision the future community, us, email to get on their mailing list. 

Speak Out is organized by the Disability Action Hall. To find out more about what we do, visit

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