2019 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference announced

2019 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference - Save the Date!
April 5-6, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta
It's time to save the date for the 2019 Inclusion Alberta Annual Family Conference! The Conference will take place April 5-6 in Edmonton.
REGISTRATION. To receive email alerts about the Family Conference, such as information about registration via email, please sign up for the Inclusion Alberta Newsletter.
If you already know you're going to be there, you can book your room at the Fantasyland Hotel with exclusive Inclusion Alberta rates by calling our hotel reservations department directly at 780-444-5541, or toll-free at 1-800-737-3783, before March 5, 2019. Callers MUST mention they are attending the "Inclusion Alberta Conference" to receive the negotiated rate or you can provide the group code number "6155953".

Award Nominations are open now:

Click to download nomination forms for the following special awards that are handed out at the Family Conference.

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

Bruce Uditsky Leadership Award

The Bruce Uditsky 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.

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.

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

Family Conference first-look:
Friday, April 5:
Workshop 1
"From Barriers to Belonging: Supporting Inclusion in Secondary Schools using the Power of Peers"
Presenter: Erik Carter, Ph.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, author and researcher
Workshop 2
"Reducing the Risk of Abuse and Addressing its Impact: Developing an individual response plan"
Presenter: Nora Baladerian, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist; President, Spectrum Institute; Director, Disability and Abuse Project
President's Reception and awards, 7pm - 10pm 
Saturday, April 6:
Opening plenary: Pathways to belonging
presenters: Nora Baladerian and Erik Carter
Closing plenary: Multi-generational leadership  
moderator: Trish Bowman, CEO, Inclusion Alberta  
Other sessions:
  • Individual Response Plans: Reducing risk and responding to abuse
  • Inclusive Education: Being a more effective advocate
  • RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plans) and Discretionary Trusts: Achieving Financial Security
  • First Nations Challenges and Possibilities
  • Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in Expanding Inclusive Practices
  • A House is Not a Home
  • Creating and Facilitating Relationships through Community Engagement
  • Trends, Opportunities and Advocacy Challenges: A Look Ahead (with Bruce Uditsky, CEO Emeritus, Inclusion Alberta)
Youth Forum, 10:30am - 3pm (for youth aged 16-22 engaged in social justice, action and community inclusion)   
Family Celebration Dance, 7:30pm - 11pm

To receive emails about the Family Conference, including when registration opens, please sign up for the Inclusion Alberta Newsletter.

If you'd like to see resources, speakers and photos from our 2018 Family Conference, please head to our archive of the event.