2017 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the highly-anticipated 2017 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference, April 7-8 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 it's kind in the world, and it's 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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Featuring 2 full day workshops on Friday, April 7th (9am – 4:30pm):


Workshop / Friday / April 7, 2017 / 9 am – 4:30 pm

Inclusive Education: Curriculum and Meaningful Learning for All –Shelley Moore, M.Ed.

Presenter: Shelley Moore, M.Ed. Instructor, University of British Columbia; Inclusive Education Consultant, Richmond School District, British Columbia

The commitment to quality inclusive education practice is growing in Alberta and internationally. Alberta Education recently began a multi-year developmental process to create a new curriculum for all students. One of the requirements for the new curriculum is that it be built from the ground up with inclusion in mind and be accessible to all students. The proposed new Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) and School Leader Standard (SLS) require teachers to have the skills to teach within inclusive classrooms and school leaders to foster inclusive learning.

Shelley Moore brings a dynamic, interactive and fresh approach to inclusion that enables teachers to be more confident and effective in having all students access the curriculum. She brings her own direct experience from the classroom to her supporting teacher colleagues in their implementation of inclusion and universal design for learning.  The focus of her doctoral studies is on how learners with significant developmental and intellectual disabilities can be included meaningfully in secondary schools while also contributing to the learning of their peers. 

Shelley will share how inclusive education is not particular to students with special needs but a framework and philosophy for educating all students. In this workshop she will focus on how both teachers and school teams can include all students in curricular classes regardless of age, subject, language, experience or cognitive ability. Shelley will illustrate a collaborative process for developing unit and lesson plans that are differentiated for multiple access levels. This is a popular Workshop and wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from one of the newer Canadian educators whose own experience of not always fitting in has fueled her passion to foster inclusion for all. 

Shelley Moore is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests integrate the theory and practice of inclusive education, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. She is particularly interested in how students with developmental and intellectual disabilities can be included meaningfully while also contributing to the learning of peers. Shelley has presented her work at various conferences throughout North America. She is the author of the recently published One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and InclusionShelley has also designed a new self-directed course entitled Curriculum for All “full of great information and strategies to help educators plan for and provide an inclusive learning environment for all students”.  

Shelley Moore's Blog 

Workshop / Friday / April 7, 2017 / 9 am – 4:30 pm

The Art of Personal Futures Planning: Making Space for Person-Centered Innovation Beth Mount, Ph.D. 

Presenter: Beth Mount, Ph.D., Person Centered Design, Graphic Futures; international consultant, author and Founder, Capacity Works 

With the demise of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS), which focused on the needs of the government and its systems, the opportunity now exists to commit to a highly individualized and personalized approach to planning with the person at the centre of the planning process. An approach that is vested in a deep understanding of each individual, the determination of their interests and passions, and working with their personal support networks in the pursuit of a meaningful and inclusive community life.

In this very opportune and interactive workshop Beth will share practical means and examples of how to craft effective individualized supports through the discovery of the capacities in people with disabilities, capitalizing on the assets of communities and the flexible use of funding. The workshop will cover the four dimensions of person-centred work – Amplify, Activate, Innovate & Associate.  Beth believes there is an urgent need to support new forms of innovation throughout the human service system, and commit to the complex challenges of changing from System-Centered to Person-Centered practice.

This workshop will be of particular value to those engaged in supporting individuals in the transition to adulthood and those organizations with an interest in supporting and improving the practice of their direct support staff.

Beth Mount, Ph.D., has worked for four decades toward the ideal that every person with a disability can be a valued member of community life.   She has practiced the art of person-centered planning with thousands of people with disabilities their families and the organizations supporting them. Her groundbreaking work related to Personal Futures Planning promotes the positive futures and images of people with disabilities throughout the globe, and demonstrates that all of us count and all of us fit somewhere. Her work includes working with families, students and organizations to enable a successful transition to adulthood and creating customized homes in collaboration with service providers.  She has received excellence and service awards from virtually every prominent national and New York State disability organization. 

She is well known in the disability world for her “Spirit Keeper” quilts which help people communicate the spirit and beauty of personal, organizational and social change.

Beth is an author and co-author of many publications (see her website) only a few of which are noted below.  Her most recent publication is: PATHFINDERS: People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Allies Building Communities That Work for Everybody John O'Brien and Beth Mount Inclusion Press, 2015Other publications with John O’Brien include: Make a Difference: A Guidebook for Person Centered Direct Support and Leader’s Manual for Make a Difference: A Guidebook for Person Centered Direct Support. Inclusion Press, 2005.

Beth Mount Publications

Other conference sessions include:

  • Supporting Individuals with Complex Needs to have a Meaningful Life
  • Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
  • Sustaining a Good Life after Parents Pass Away
  • Moving to Your Own Home from a Group Home
  • Families Engaging Support Staff in Facilitating Inclusion

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 8, 2017 / 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

This year’s forum of youth committed to inclusion and action will encourage young advocates to become engaged as a voice for change.  Youth are invited to contribute to future Inclusion Alberta actions to promote inclusion in every aspect of community life. These actions might range from presentations on inclusion at schools to meeting with government, business and community leaders.  Lunch is provided but space is limited so please ensure any interested youth complete the necessary registration forms.

Click to register for the Youth Forum

Click to visit Inclusion Alberta Youth on Facebook

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 (#3516813) by March 7, 2017

Other nearby hotels:

West Edmonton Mall Inn

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.

Nomination form 

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