2018 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference

2018 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference - Save the Date!
April 13-14, 2018
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton AB
It's time to save the date for the 2018 Inclusion Alberta Annual Family Conference! The Conference will take place April 13-14 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.
REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5. To receive alerts about to the Conference such as information on registration via email, please sign up for The Inclusion Alberta E-Newsletter.
Friday April 13th's full-day workshops include:
1. "Leadership in Creating Inclusive Schools for ALL"
Presenter: Julie Causton, Ph.D: Educational Consultant and author, former Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program, Department of Teaching and Leadership, School of Education, University of Syracuse
2. "Customized Inclusive Employment"
Presenter: Beth Keeton, M.S.: Executive Director, Griffin-Hammis Associates
Other sessions include:
  • Humanistic Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviour
  • Sisters and Brothers: Lessons of the Heart
  • Enabling Community Inclusion
  • Supported Decision-Making: A Needed Alternative
  • Self-Employment: Why Not Start at the Top?
  • Microboards and Family Managed Supports (FMS)
  • Inclusive Play: Friendship, Fun and Learning
  • Trends, Opportunities and Advocacy Challenges
  • Plus, a special closing plenary: Bruce Uditsky: A 25 Year Inclusion Alberta Legacy
DETAILS: Full-day Workshop with Julie Causton 
"Leadership in Creating Inclusive Schools for ALL"
Friday, April 13 - 9 am - 4:30 pm
Presenter: Julie Causton, Ph.D: Educational Consultant and author, former Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program, Department of Teaching and Leadership, School of Education, University of Syracuse

This workshop is timely and important in Alberta’s current context. Alberta Education is currently redesigning the entirety of the curriculum with one of the guiding tenets to make the curriculum accessible to all in the context of an inclusive education system. Plus, the new Alberta Quality Standards for teachers, principals and superintendents (including allied administrators), will require a commitment to nourish, create and sustain inclusive learning environments, with an emphasis on belonging and student learning for all, from the classroom to the school and district levels. This workshop will be of particular interest to school leaders, teachers, school related professionals, policy makers and parents

Julie brings a breadth of talent and knowledge that spans the role of school leaders in systems wide change and inclusive school reform to classroom practice. In this interactive workshop, she will offer a host of useful ideas and strategies on how to create inclusive schools from the district level, to the classroom, to the student. Julie will outline 7 strategic steps for school leaders: Setting a Vision, Creating Service Delivery Maps, Aligning School Structures, Creating Instructional Teams, Improving Classroom Practices, Ongoing Monitoring, Adjustment and Celebration and Creating an Ongoing Climate of Belonging.

Julie Causton’s teaching, research and consulting are guided by a passion for inclusive education. Her particular areas of expertise are school reform, inclusive teacher training, collaboration, humanistic behavioral supports, lesson planning, differentiation and providing invisible adult supports.

Her published works have appeared in over 30 academic journals including:  Remedial And Special Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Theory into Practice issue on Inclusive Leadership and Social Justice, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The School Administrator, Equity and Excellence in Education, Journal of Special Education Leadership, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Behavioral Disorders, Educational Leadership, and Exceptional Children.

She has written 6 books for school professionals that are widely read by school teams and teacher education programs across the country. Her books include, The Principal’s Handbook for Leading Inclusive Schools co-authored with George Teoharis. Her new book on co-teaching is entitled, 30 Days to the Co-taught Classroom: How to create an amazing, nearly miraculous, and frankly earth shattering partnership in one month or less

Julie and her colleague’s website on creating inclusive schools can be found at: Inclusive Schooling

 Full-day Workshop with Beth Keeton 
Friday, April 13 - 9 am - 4:30 pm
"Customized Inclusive Employment"
Presenter: Beth Keeton, M.S., Executive Director, Griffin-Hammis Associates

Inclusive employment is one of the most important avenues to a meaningful life and should be pursued to the maximum extent possible, including self-employment. This full-day interactive session provides an overview of Customized Employment (CE) highlighting the critical elements and flow of CE processes from Discovery to Employer Negotiation, and from Natural Support facilitation to Job Stabilization. 

Session highlights include:

  • Successful strategies gleaned from hundreds of CE examples
  • Critical information related to employment development and urban/rural economic development
  • Methods for circumventing resistance
  • Strategies for non-traditional job development and employer engagement resulting in jobs that further develop skills and augment career development
  • Resource ownership and job creation, including self-employment
  • Using the person-centered approach of Discovering Personal Genius (DPG) and Vocational Profile Development
  • Detailing how Systematic Instruction Techniques improve both staff job development efforts and an individual’s on-the-job productivity

Learn how CE can open the door to a wider variety of employment outcomes, including business ownership, for a greater number of individuals with developmental disabilities, including students transitioning to adulthood. Join us for a lively discussion while we learn from the success of individuals who have used CE as the foundation for securing employment that not only matches their skills and interests but also substantially improves their incomes and lifestyles.

Beth Keeton, Executive Director, Griffin-Hammis Associates. For the last 20 years, Beth has provided extensive training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies on systems change, customized employment, self-employment, systematic instruction, and benefits analysis. Her work includes the development and implementation of statewide self-employment provider certification programs in Texas and Florida as well as the creation of multiple online benefits training programs promoting financial self-sufficiency through employment and work incentive utilization. Beth served as a national Subject Matter Expert for the Congressional Advisory Committee for Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and she works in the States and Canada to develop systems and supports that enhance competitive integrated employment opportunities for all citizens with disabilities. Beth is a co-author of the recently revised Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1996 and became a Certified Benefits Planner through Cornell University in 2007. 

Award Nominations:

Click to download nomination forms for the following special awards that are handed out at the Conference.  Here is an overview of the awards. 

Community Inclusion Award

The Community Inclusion Award is given to individuals or organizations in Alberta, whose actions on a day-to-day basis results in children or adults with developmental disabilities having increased opportunities to be included in community life.

Nomination form

Inclusion Alberta Leadership Award

The Inclusion Alberta Leadership Award is the most prestigious award presented by Inclusion Alberta. It is only presented when an individual or organization truly demonstrates exemplary leadership in advancing the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. It is awarded to individuals or groups whose inspirational leadership efforts have made an invaluable and lasting difference to Albertans.

Nomination form

Colonel Eric W. and Dr. Barbara V. Cormack Memorial Award

The Colonel Eric W. and Dr. Barbara V. Cormack Memorial Award is given to an Alberta resident who has made an outstanding, long-term voluntary contribution to serving the interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Inclusion Alberta and the Robin Hood Association for the Handicapped present this award jointly. 

Nomination form 

National Inclusive Education Award:

The National Inclusive Education Award is an initiative organized by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and its provincial and territorial member associations. The Award for Alberta is provided jointly by CACL and Inclusion Alberta to honour a school or school district whose commitment to inclusive education is exemplary and deserving of recognition.

Inclusion Alberta is seeking nominations for this year’s National inclusive Education Award recipient. The Award is an opportunity for an Alberta school or school district to receive national and provincial recognition for their efforts in ensuring every child is welcomed and included. 

Please consider nominating a school or school district in Alberta that has demonstrated its dedication for inclusive education. Individual teachers may be nominated for an Inclusion Alberta Community Living Award. CLICK TO READ EXTENDED DESCRIPTION

Nomination form 

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