Community Access Services supports working-aged youth and adults with disabilities to achieve their goals in the life areas of: Independence, Well-Being and Community Connections. This service typically appeals to people who do not have employment as a short term goal, but who desire: increased community involvement, interpersonal relationship building, development of skills related to their needs, interests and talents, and support for their health and well-being goals. These services are primarily funded by the Government of Alberta departments of Disability Services – Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) and Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), as well as South Region Child and Family Services (CFS) for individualized services and summer programming.

The Ability Resource Centre uses a team-based approach to provide individuals with a wide variety of choices in how they are going to pursue their goals, for example:


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  • Nutrition Class
  • Gym Workouts
  • Zoology
  • Wood craft class
  • Music Therapy
  • Swimming
  • Singing for Fun
  • Walking Group
  • Hobby Class
  • Organized Sports
  • Be Fit for Life
  • Self Esteem Class
  • Healthy Habits
  • Aerobics
  • Clay Class
  • Drama
  • Art Class
  • Current events
  • Beading


  • Cooking
  • Toastmasters Club
  • Self-advocacy Group
  • Nutrition
  • Communication
  • Math skills development
  • Budgeting
  • Working with Money
  • City Transit training
  • Sewing
  • Reading, writing and computer use
  • Production Experience (Bottle Depot)

Community Connections

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  • Group based Volunteer placements (Humane Society, Chinook Regional Hospital, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Soup Kitchen, St. Michael’s, etc)
  • Individual volunteer placements (Lethbridge Food Bank, Salvation Army, Volunteer Lethbridge, Streets Alive, etc.)
  • Participate in community events such as: ArtWalk, Aboriginal Awareness Week, Arts and Culture Days, Whoop-up Days, Aggie Days etc.
  • People may be supported to participate in stand-alone events or volunteer opportunities such as Street Wheelers.
  • People are assisted to access whatever community services or programs they need or would like to be involved with.

Please note that this is a general list – not all options may be available at time of application

Services Interaction Model

Services are offered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Individuals must arrange their own transportation to and from our program for the beginning and end of each day.

For information about our services, please contact our Services Coordination Team, who will be able to provide you with a tour, a detailed explanation of our services and an Application for Services. Individuals and guardians then choose which services they are interested in and if space and funding are available, an individualized assessment is scheduled. The assessment allows for the individual to experience as many aspects of our services as possible, so that together we can determine the individual’s interests, potential goals and support requirements. Upon completion of the assessment, if the service is a positive match for the individual, a proposal for continued service is submitted to the funder.

Our Program Director and Team Leaders oversee our Community Access Services provided within the following teams: NIKES, LIFE, SPICE, Pathfinders & Mosaic. For specific questions regarding an individual’s service, please contact the Team Leader or Program Director.