Give Albertans with developmental disabilities better opportunities in life
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Canadians with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty, and to earn less than people without a disability. But we are talking about more than just numbers - these are our family members, our friends, our neighbours, and our colleagues. 

Access to coaching, training, and resources to help them overcome their disabilities and improve their quality of life is severely limited. Chrysalis takes a Human-centered design approach in delivering personalized services to help 

people with developmental disabilities overcome their challenges.

Unfortunately, More than 12,500 Albertans received PDD services (People with Developmental Disability Department) in 2018 — almost 500 more than in 2017 — the numbers are increasing every year and funding is getting scarcer and scarcer. 

The need for services far outweighs our resources for delivering them. Additional funds will make a big difference in the level of services being delivered to Albertans with developmental disabilities.

You are a vital part of the solution. You can narrow the gap and help us improve the life of one more Canadian living with a developmental disability.  Your donation powers our efforts and every dollar makes a difference. 

Please contribute.

Together, we can make a big difference in the life of someone special.

Together we can ensure a "WIN-WIN"  outcome for all.


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Chrysalis continues to advocate community inclusion and uses a Human-centered design (HCD) approach in delivering personalized services to assist thousands of people with developmental disabilities in receiving coaching and training to become their best selves as they develop life and vocational skills, find employment, discover volunteering opportunities and realize a better quality of life.

The Government of Alberta declares (statement on its website) that: “The Alberta government is committed to ensuring that Albertans with disabilities have the skills, knowledge and supports they need to successfully contribute to our social and economic fabric."

The statement above by the GOA was made long before the pandemic hit the world. With the pandemic, the challenges facing people with developmental disabilities multiplied on unprecedented levels. The isolations compounded the afflictions and the mental devastation of our fellow Canadians afflicted with developmental disabilities.

Chrysalis focuses on charitable services, namely promoting the public interest, awareness and advocacy in support of people with developmental disabilities in Canada. Services range from vocational assessments, vocational training and job placements to support services to encourage employment, volunteer, leisure and recreational opportunities through personal development, artistic expression, community involvement, vocational and recreational activities. We also provide life counselling and treatment services, namely assessments and consultations to provide specific strategies to manage each individual’s disabilities and to offer a functional and productive vocational and family life.

As a leader in the human services disability sector, Chrysalis embraces continuous development to improve our standard of care and provide the most meaningful outcomes possible for adult Albertans with developmental disabilities.

After our pilot project in 2015, Chrysalis forged ahead and developed a full-fledged program and implemented test runs from 2018-2019. This innovative and scientifically-designed program is named: “Becoming Our Best, human-centred design (HCD)” and applied it into corporate operational practice in our Edmonton and Calgary offices.

HCD is an approach that focuses on the individuals we serve, their needs and requirements, and by applying human factors/ergonomics, usability knowledge and techniques to improve human well-being.

We started implementing this new and innovative human care model, Human-centred design (HCD), which is a process to design solutions, services and/or initiatives with people rather than for them, regardless of their differing abilities.

HCD is fundamentally different and far more in-depth and expansive care model than the old conventional Person-Centered Plan (PCP) models that have been used by the sector for decades.

HCD is a design and management framework that develops solution-focused approaches to problems by involving the human perspective, human empathy, developing discrepancy, avoiding arguments, rolling with resistance, and supporting self-efficacy in all stages of the problem-solving process. HCD was developed by IDEO, a global design and innovation company committed to creating a positive impact.

"Human-centred design is an approach to interactive systems development that aims to make systems usable and useful by focusing on the users, their needs and requirements, and by applying human factors/ergonomics, usability knowledge, and techniques. This approach enhances effectiveness and efficiency, improves human well-being, user satisfaction, accessibility and sustainability; and counteracts possible adverse effects of use on human health, safety and performance. ISO 9241-210:2010(E).

Human-centred design builds upon participatory action research   by moving beyond participants' involvement and producing solutions to problems rather than solely documenting them." -- (Source:   Wikipedia )

In support of this new innovative focus and paradigm shift within our organizational care systems, we further introduced a new powerful and another innovative digital case management and social-connection planning tool, called MyCompass: People Powered Planning (MyCompass).

MyCompass is a user-friendly, online mobile platform to assist our staff, and the individuals we serve and their families and support networks.

This innovative new tool is designed for people with disabilities to help them communicate with their social network on the internet and stay closely connected. It is also an effective case management tool that helps move us to digital file-sharing, provides real-time communications and updates for us to collaboratively develop and support plans for our individuals.

Chrysalis is adopting this platform in order to: Align our service planning methods and tools with our Human-centered design (HCD) philosophies; empower the individuals we serve and their support networks with a shared tool that sets the direction our individuals want their meaningful lives to take, and improve transparency and accountability in fulfilling personalized and enriching service plans.

Since the commencement of our new HCD human care model in 2018 to date, our HCD project has so far achieved 60+ phenomenal outcomes, including new employments created, new recreational experiences, new volunteering placements, and new partnerships/relationships.

“Using a human Centered approach to design and develop models has substantial economic and social benefits for clients, families and community. Highly usable systems and products tend to be more successful both technically and commercially. In some areas, such as consumer products, purchasers will pay a premium for well-designed products and systems. Support and help-desk costs are reduced when users can understand and use products without additional assistance. In most countries, employers and suppliers have legal obligations to protect users from risks to their health, and safety and human-centred methods can reduce these risks (e.g. musculoskeletal risks). Systems designed using human-centred methods improve quality, for example, by:

  • increasing the productivity of users and the operational efficiency of organizations;
  • being easier to understand and use, thus reducing training and support costs;
  • increasing usability for people with a wider range of capabilities and thus increasing accessibility;
  • improving user experience;
  • reducing discomfort and stress;
  • providing a competitive advantage, for example by improving brand image;
  • contributing towards sustainability objectives” -- (Source: Wikipedia )

In 2020, in spite of the pandemic, with an unwavering focus on and out of concern for the health and wellbeing of citizens with developmental disabilities, and in light of the multitude of devastating challenges that COVID-19 brought on our fellow vulnerable society members, Chrysalis evolved the HCD program further, by unfolding the new and upgraded HCD 2.0 version and streamlined it into mainstream operations strengthened with an occupational therapy component. 

Every individual will go through the entire intensive HCD process within a Four-week cycle .

Each 4-week cycle (72 hours in total) is comprised of the following phases:

  • Discovery, Assessment & Interpretation 
  • Ideation & Goal Proposal
  • Yearly MyCompass Plan development

You can make this a Reality Today. Bring it to Fruition, and benefit our collective society.


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$108 CAD
February 2021 Art Piece - Fantasy Tree by Jamie
Talented Art piece made by Jamie, a citizen with a developmental disability at Chrysalis.
This piece of real beautiful art has been developed into 3 different formats:
(1) Wallpaper for smartphones
(2) Wallpaper for tablets
(3) Wallpaper for desktops
It is our way of saying thank you very much for your generous contribution of $108, which will allow one citizen living with a developmental disability to receive one day of HCD support.
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