Beyond Barriers: A Special Report on Young People with Disabilities in the Child Intervention and Youth Justice Systems

Keywords Neurodisability, Timely Interventions, Family Support, Youth Justice, Advocacy, Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, is mandated to work with vulnerable young people through advocacy and legal services.

Their Beyond Borders Report explores barriers children and youth with disabilities face accessing supports and services and provides recommendations to the Ministry of Children and Family Services.

Policy & Practice Implications                                                                                                                

  • Programs and service providers can learn from the experiences and stories of young people with disabilities to better meet their needs, support their families, and help address systemic barriers.
  • The Report’s eight detailed recommendations and expected outcomes can guide policy makers to take concrete actions to improve outcomes for young people with disabilities.

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