History

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Lana advocating for her rights

Citizenship is at the heart of what we do

Our History

Skills Society was started in the 1980s by parents who wanted more for their sons and daughters.

Back then, their goal was to reduce their sense of isolation by removing them from institutions and placing them back into the arms of society. Forty years later, Skills remains connected to those roots by keeping our services person-centred and focused on the unique needs of every individual. Our work has never been easy but our goal is simple: help people with disabilities live safe, dignified, and meaningful lives.

This timeline summarizes the key milestones from Skills Society and the disability community in Alberta over the last 50 years. We are grateful to all the leaders and changemakers who have made their mark and worked to support the rights and citizenship of people with disabilities for nearly half a century.