2020 Family Conference registration

Registration is now open for Family Conference 2020!

The annual Family Conference is an opportunity 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 communities. It is the largest and longest-running conference of its kind in the world, and our inclusive childcare for participating families is unique. 

Register today to reserve your spotGrants may be available to those requiring financial assistance.

 *please note, online registration may require payment by credit card or PayPal*

You will also fill out the Payment and Registration form if you are applying for a grant. The online form will walk you through all the information needed to register, including providing additional details on each attendee.

Once your payment and registration is successfully submitted, you will be asked to fill out registration details for everyone attending Family Conference 2020, including anyone in childcare/Teen Club. You will be linked directly to those forms from the Payment and Registration form and follow-up emails. If you have any questions during the registration process, or would like help in registering, please contact our main office at mail@inclusionalberta.org or 780-451-3055, ext. 400.

You can also find links to the detailed attendee forms below. (These are only to be filled out after the Payment and Registration form.)

Adult attendee details

Childcare/Teen Club details

Youth Forum details

To fill out a PDF version of the registration forms and submit them by email, fax, or letter mail you can find those files below. Our contact information is listed below the PDF links.

Adult registration form download

Childcare/Teen Club registration form download

Youth Forum registration form download

Grant application download (grant deadline is March 17, 2020)

Payment for Family Conference registration, Childcare/Teen Club and the Youth Forum can be made by credit card, Paypal or a cheque made payable to "Inclusion Alberta".

To submit forms by email, send to mail@inclusionalberta.org

To submit forms by fax, the number is 780-453-5779, send to the attention of Roy Pierson

To submit forms by letter mail, our address is 11724 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5G 0X5, send to the attention of Roy Pierson

If you have any questions about Family Conference, registration or grant applications, or you would like some help filling out the forms, please contact us by email, mail@inclusionalberta.org, or phone, 780-451-3055 ext. 400 or toll-free at 1-800-252-7556.

Conference at-a-glance:
Friday, April 17:
Workshop 1:
"The Problem with Behaviour Problems: Supporting Students with Autism and Other Disabilities"
Presenter: Paula Kluth, Ph.D., educator, author and consultant
In this session, teachers, principals, inclusive education and behaviour support consultants and parents are all invited to explore fresh ways to think about “behaviour problems” in inclusive schools. With new provincial standards on the use of time out, seclusion and restraint this is an ideal opportunity to together examine where problems come from, who “owns” them, and how our language and approaches can create behaviour struggles and minimize them.

Workshop 2
"The Unique Role of Support Staff in Enabling a Meaningful and Inclusive Life"
Presenter: Janet Klees, Executive Director, Durham Association for Family Resources and Support
Janet will offer a practical and reflective one-day workshop designed specifically for support staff focused on their unique and essential role in the lives of the individuals with developmental disabilities. This workshop will also be of value to those responsible for leading and directing support staff, such as supervisors, managers and directors, including family members who may be in this position when utilizing or planning to access Family Managed Supports (FMS). The workshop will offer a meaningful and satisfying way to think about the support role as a committed and enduring approach to enabling a good life in community rather than viewing the role as just another job.

President's Reception and awards, 7pm - 10pm

Saturday, April 18:
Opening plenary: "Inclusion Benefits All"  
presenters: Janet Klees and Paula Kluth 
Closing plenary: "We Come Bearing Gifts"  
moderator: Trish Bowman, CEO, Inclusion Alberta
Other sessions:
  • Don't We Already Do Inclusion? Creating Better Schools for All
  • Enabling Hopeful and Inclusive Lives in Difficult Times
  • First Nations: Challenges, Progress and Aspirations
  • Fostering a Family-Led Movement for Inclusion: Taking Action Collectively
  • Creating & Sustaining Employment - The Power of Family Expectations and Actions
  • Housing, Home and Support
  • How to Find and Retain Quality Staff, Including Supportive Roommates
  • Pathfinders: Building Your Network
Youth Forum, 9am - 4:30pm - for youth aged 16-22 engaged in social justice, action and community inclusion 
Family Celebration Dance, 7:30pm - 11pm 
For more details on workshops and sessions check out our conference brochure:

Award Nominations

Nominate individuals and organizations creating inclusive communities!

Click the links below to download nomination forms about the special awards that are handed out at the Family Conference. Deadline for all nominations is February 28, 2020.

Community Inclusion Award

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

Nomination form (Word document)

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 (Word document)

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 (Word document)

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, with acknowledgement from Alberta Education, to honour a teacher, adminstrator, 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 teacher, administrator, school or school district in Alberta that has demonstrated dedication for inclusive education. CLICK TO READ EXTENDED DESCRIPTION.

Nomination form (Word document)

Earlybird hotel rate
You can book your room at the Fantasyland Hotel with exclusive Inclusion Alberta rates by calling the hotel reservations department directly at 780-444-5541, or toll-free at 1-800-737-3783, before March 17, 2020. Callers must mention they are attending the "Inclusion Alberta Conference" to receive the negotiated rate.

Win a trip for 2 with WestJet
Once again, our friends at WestJet have graciously donated a pair of return tickets to any destination they fly! We are going to draw a winner on the Saturday night of this year's Inclusion Alberta Family Conference. Tickets are $20 each, and all proceeds go to Inclusion Alberta. Tickets will be sold at the Conference, and are also available in advance from our Fund Development Assistant, Linda Wagner - email Linda at lwagner@inclusionalberta.org.
If you'd like to see resources, speakers and photos from our 2019 Family Conference, please head to our archive of the event.