Director's Bio

Founder and Executive Director of Alberta AdaptAbilities Association Michelle Hordal. In 2012 Michelle received the Edmonton's Mayor's Award for for Outstanding Service. 

Founder and Executive Director of Alberta AdaptAbilities Association Michelle Hordal. In 2012 Michelle received the Edmonton's Mayor's Award for for Outstanding Service. 

After seeing many gaps in the teaching profession as an Adapted Physical Education and Special Education teacher, I decided to do something about it.

Now founder and Executive Director of Alberta AdaptAbilities Association, a registered charity where each program was developed out of a need expressed by families, I get to lead an incredible team of motivated and creative people supporting individuals with developmental disabilities to become contributing members in their own communities as valued citizens.

Alberta AdaptAbilities Association serves families with special needs children and young adults by providing a variety of quality programs that target the development of the whole individual: socially, physically, mentally and emotionally.

We stand by an unwavering commitment to our participants first and foremost, providing respite and community-based programs and services that positively impact individuals, preserve families and build communities. With individual supports and through experiential learning, children, teens and young adults enrolled in our programs gain self-esteem and independence, develop social relations and a sense of community.

We strive to provide a Home Away from Home and stage activities in a caring and comfortable environment where each participant fosters positive relationships and experiences.

Each of our programs adapts every day experiences to allow participants to reach their full potential. Everyone can succeed when they participate in an encouraging atmosphere with the needs and goals of the individual in mind. 

Our programs are designed to enhance each individual’s recreation and motor skills, life skills and creative talents. Participants and their families help co-create and set goals; we work toward achieving these throughout the duration of each program.

Activities are offered year-round, delivered in a positive, structured or community-based environment designed and adapted regularly to help each participant grow, succeed and belong.

The commitment to our leadership team and front-line staff is equally important as our strong commitment to our participants and program quality.

We have recently implemented new programs for young adults who would otherwise have no place to turn and adapted our approach from a traditional, segregated model to an innovative human rights model.

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