Inclusive Family Support Programs

Inclusion Is A Family Affair

Inclusion Foothills offers programs for different members of the family to address gaps in other services, pursue skill enhancement, create open communication and social connections, and build deeper, life-long relationships.

Without accountable advocacy and intentional intervention, those with disabilities have some of the least opportunity, most isolation, and disadvantage. Poverty, unemployment, and homelessness are the most prevalent outcome for most.


ABC's of Family Centred Supports

  • A


    As a parent, sister, brother, cousin - we have all had to stand up for what’s right, try to be heard and even helped that friend find their voice.

  • B


    We all need someone to believe in us and for us to believe in something. Whether a dream of being a teacher, to ride a horse, to have a puppy… to to dream you need to believe it’s possible.

  • C


    With the help of family centred supports, we see the dream become reality. Sometimes the dream doesn’t look like we first thought, but through collaboration, discussion, and having people in our camp, families are able to access what they need and navigate systems. Families are given the tools to carry out what is best for their family member.

Programs for Parents and Caregivers

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1-1 Outreach Support

With so many options to navigate, figuring out the right supports for your unique family situation can be daunting and confusing. Inclusion Foothills’ Outreach coaches are experienced assisting families connect with the appropriate supports and advocating for those supports. These can range from healthy child development, financial health and financial benefits, independent living, guardianship, trusteeship, long term financial security, and delivery of services. We can help you with:

Inclusive Education

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)

Regsitered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Transition Planning

Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)

Family Managed Support (FMS)

Self-managed Care

Assured Income for the Severly Handicapped (AISH)

Planning Future Directions

Who: parents and caregivers

Cost: no cost

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Step Up Group

The Step Up Group is an opportunity for parents of children with pan-disabilities to meet and make connections with other parents. Through sharing, learning, and exploring topics relevant to their family, participants will gain comfort in knowing they are not alone in their journey.

Who: parents and caregivers

Cost: no cost

Join Step-Up in person or virtually at either meeting.

Date: May 18, 2023

Topic: What's happening now

High River: 10am-11am @ 123 4 Ave SW

Email or call 403-603-3232 to register or get more information.

Join Step-Up in person or virtually at either meeting.

Date: May 18, 2023

Topic: What's happening now

Okotoks: 7pm-8pm @ 22 Elizabeth St (location is shared with The Eagle, next to The Duke)

Email or call 403-603-3232 to register or get more information.

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Emergency Alert ID Cards

This identity card captures critical personal information needed by 1st Responders to assist an individual in case of an emergency. The card is sized to fit in wallets or with your vehicle registration and can be given to children on field trips, caregivers, etc who might be with the individual.

Who: any Foothills County resident

Cost: $5 per card

Where: applications to capture relevant details for the card are available at the High River office 

Programs for Youth

Inclusive Employment

Inclusion Foothill’s inclusive employment programs assist individuals with a disability, vulnerable or at-risk youth, and those experiencing barriers work to find and maintain employment. The programs focus on skill enhancement, coaching, and assisting employers with accommodations. Discover which Inclusive Employment program will support your personal situation.

Who: youth 16 years of age to adults

Cost: no cost

Where: High River and Okotoks


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Programs for Kids

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Sibshops provides a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and fun environment where brothers and sisters of special needs siblings meet other siblings, enabling them to develop supportive relationships and coaching skills.

With a lot of fun and laughter involved, sibs have the opportunity to talk to other sibs about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with special needs. Quite often, attending Sibshops is the first time a sibling meets others who “get it.”

Those who attend experience a lasting positive effect on how they feel towards their sibling, learn coping strategies for sticky situations, and leave with a better understanding of the services their sibs need.

Who: siblings of children or youth with disabilities or barriers

Ages: 6-12 years of age

Cost: no cost

When: throughout the school year

Join in the Sibshops fun to explore your superpowers!

Date: May 27, 2023

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Location: 327 Macleod Tr SW High River

Theme: Growth and Change

Email or call 403-603-3232 to register or get more information.

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