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Family Conference 2020

Date: April 17 - 18, 2020
Location:  Show map Fantasyland Hotel
17700 87 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

Registration is now open for Family Conference 2020!

Please head over to our registration page for more details and to join us in Edmonton this April.

The weekend will feature workshops, speakers and connections to help build your knowledge and leadership for community inclusion and family and self-advocacy.

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If you'd like to see resources, speakers and photos from our 2019 Family Conference, please head to our archive of the event.


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, administrator, 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)


Workshop presenters announced!
Our Friday workshop presenters are confirmed. Both speakers will return on Saturday for the opening plenary and additional sessions.
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.

More details about workshops and Saturday sessions is coming soon. Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter to receive the latest updates and be the first to know when registration opens.