2018 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference REGISTRATION

2018 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference - Save the Date!
April 13-14, 2018
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton AB
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the highly-anticipated 2018 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference, April 13-14 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.  
The Conference is a time for families, educators and service providers to deepen their knowledge and commitment to assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities to live fully inclusive and meaningful lives in their community.  It is the largest and longest-running of its kind in the world, and its inclusive childcare for participating families is unique. 
Register today to reserve your spot.  Grants may be available to those requiring financial assistance. 
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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 
"Customized Inclusive Employment"
Friday, April 13 - 9 am - 4:30 pm
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. 

Other conference 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

Special Features:

Childcare/Teen Club:

Childcare and Teen Club have been a part of the Family Conference since its inception. Each day will be a new adventure filled with fun, inclusive play and hands-on experiences. The staff are professional quality caregivers / play consultants who will add a touch of magic to the day, while parents participate in the conference.  A limited number of childcare spaces are available for children 12 and under and Teen Club spaces for 13 and up.

Youth Forum: (ages 16-22) Saturday, April 14, 2018 / 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The Youth for Inclusion Forum seeks to create a space for young people to stretch their activist wings in pursuit of inclusive communities for all. 

This year, our theme is “A Step Through Time.” We will be exploring the history of the inclusion movement, while leaving room to plan for and create inclusion today and into the future. 

This event is open to all youth ages 16-22. Youth from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend, including (but not limited to) those with and without disabilities, those from various ethnic or racial origins, those of diverse genders and sexualities, and those from all socio-economic classes. Your only prerequisite is a desire for social change! 

Schedule coming soon! 

Click to register for the Youth Forum

Click to visit Inclusion Alberta Youth on Facebook

Questions? hwiens@inclusionalberta.org or call or text Hannah at 587-337-6135


President's Reception: Friday night from 7pm-10pm

Family Dance Celebration: Saturday night from 7pm-11pm


**Grants may be available to those requiring financial assistance.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties and find that you are financially unable to attend the conference, please contact us as we may be able to assist with a portion of your costs.  To contact us, email mail@inclusionalberta.org or call 1-800-252-7556

Hotel Info:

For Fantasyland Hotel Inclusion Alberta rates call 1-800-RESERVE (#1620426) by March 20, 2018

Special Conference rates:

Weekday Rate: (Sun-Thu)

Standard Superior with 2 Queens (STWN) = $164 + tax

Superior Deluxe with 2 Queens and bunkbeds  (STWBN)  =  $ 184 + tax

Executive with 2 Queens, Jacuzzi (EXTWN)  =  $ 194 + tax


Weekend Rate: (Fri-Sat)

Standard Superior with 2 Queens (STWN) = $204 + tax

Superior Deluxe with 2 Queens and bunkbeds  (STWBN)  =  $ 234 + tax

Executive with 2 Queens, Jacuzzi (EXTWN)  =  $ 244 + tax


Other nearby hotels:


West Edmonton Mall Inn

Special Conference rates:

Thursday - $119.00

Friday and Saturday - $149.00 + taxes

Rooms are available as part of the hotel’s general inventory, on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to availability and are not held for your group.

The rate for West Edmonton Mall Inn for Conference attendees is $119.00 (Sun-Thur) & $149.00 (Fri/Sat) per night based on single or double occupancy, plus 4% provincial room tax and 5% GST. The additional cost over double occupancy is $20.00 per person, per day. Children under the age of 18 years, sharing a room with their parent(s), stay at no charge. Rate includes Continental Breakfast.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to receive the discounted rate. This rate is extended to Inclusion Alberta Conference for the event dates of April 12 – 15, 2018.

Individual Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel Reservations Department directly at (780) 444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783. Callers MUST mention they are attending the Inclusion Alberta Conference to receive the negotiated rate. They may also use the group code 4250326.


Holiday Inn Express

Days Inn

Comfort Inn

Courtyard Edmonton West

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 



WestJet Raffle!

Win a free return trip for two on WestJet!!! Our friends (and wonderful inclusive employer) WestJet have graciously donated a pair of return tickets to any destination they fly.  We are going to raffle them off at this year’s Inclusion Alberta Family Conference. One ticket is $20, all proceeds go to Inclusion Alberta.

Tickets will be sold at the Conference, and are also available in advance of the conference from Inclusion Alberta staff.  Draw will be at the Family Dance on Saturday, April 14.