Inclusion Alberta Virtual Family Conference 2021

**April 16 &17th saw over 550 people join together for the first (and hopefully last!) ever virtual Inclusion Alberta Family Conference. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this very successful event!
Please save the date for next year’s Conference: April 8-9, 2022!

Inclusion Alberta presents its 1st ever Virtual Family Conference April 16-17, 2021! The conference is a time for families, educators and service providers from all over the province to deepen their knowledge and commitment to assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities to live fully inclusive and meaningful lives in their community. The Conference is the largest and longest standing of its kind in the world, with over 800 people attending in the past.

The conference features morning workshops on Friday from feature speakers Dr. Paula Kluth and Janet Klees, a variety of morning and afternoon sessions to choose from on Saturday and Youth for Inclusion, a workshop for youth aged 16-22. In addition to the workshops and sessions listed, the Virtual Family Conference will also offer several fun opportunities for you to socialize, network and build relationships and connections with Conference attendees as well as speakers.


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The Inclusion Alberta Virtual Family Conference 2021 features Friday morning workshops from distinguished speakers Dr. Paula Kluth and Janet Klees.

The Problem with Behaviour Problems: Supporting Students with Autism & Other Disabilities

Friday, April 16 from 9am-12pm. Presenter: Paula Kluth, Ph.D., educator, author and consultant. Inclusion Alberta invites school and district leaders, teachers, consultants, policy makers, school board members and educational assistants to hear from this distinguished educator and inclusive education leader.

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The Unique Role of Support Staff in Enabling a Meaningful and Inclusive Life

Friday, April 16 from 9am-12pm. Presenter: Janet Klees, Executive Director, Durham Association for Family Resources and Support. A practical and reflective one-day workshop focused on the essential role of support staff in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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There is one General Admission ticket price ($50+ applicable service charges) for the Virtual Family Conference. Ticket purchase will give recipient access to Conference website and schedule planner plus all workshops, sessions, events and materials offered during the conference April 16-17, 2021. Only one registration will be needed per device/screen. However, if you are intending to watch multiple sessions at the same time (for example multiple people per household attending different sessions), you will need additional devices and registrations.

View/download the Inclusion Alberta Virtual Family Conference 2021 Full Brochure

Youth for Inclusion

Tickets for the the Youth for Inclusion workshop are $20 (plus applicable services fees) and can be purchased here.

Youth for Inclusion, April 17 2020 from 10am to 3pm

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For the 2021 Virtual Inclusion Alberta Family Conference, we will be using an online platform called Sched to facilitate sessions, and the sessions will be run through Zoom virtual meetings. Please visit this page for some tips on using Zoom, and view the PowerPoint presentation “Zoom 101 for Families”.

If you experience any barriers in attending this year’s Virtual Family Conference, please contact us. We will do our best to provide support and assistance in areas such as (but not limited to):

  • Access to technology required to experience the virtual conference
  • Financial assistance to cover Conference fees
  • Assistance in securing childcare, enabling parents to attend worry-free
  • ASL interpretation

Please contact if you require assistance.

Group pricing available on request. Please contact

   Click here to register 

50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

We are excited to announce the launch of our SECOND online 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser in conjunction with the 2021 Virtual Inclusion Alberta Family Conference! 

Purchasing a ticket will support Inclusion Alberta to continue to make a real and positive difference in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families across Alberta.

You have a chance to win a guaranteed payout of $1,000 up to a maximum of $2,500!

Ticket Packages:

  • A – 1 for $10.00 (Limit 20)
  • B – 4 for $20.00 (Limit 75)
  • C – 20 for $50.00 (Limit 26)
  • D – 100 for $100.00 (Limit 20)

Purchase tickets here.

License # AGLC-573159. Tickets sales from April 12 to April 28, 2021 at 11:59pm MST (Draw date April 30, 2021).

Players of this raffle must reside in Alberta, be 18 years of age or older, and must use a major credit card or Visa debit card to purchase. Tickets will be available for sale online only.

View the Inclusion Alberta Family Conference 2021 schedule & directory.

MasterBUILT Hotels logoThe Inclusion Alberta Virtual Family Conference 2021 is supported by MasterBUILT Hotels.

Award Nominations

We take time at the Family Conference every year to recognize those in Alberta who are creating inclusive communities. We hope you’ll share with us those individuals and organizations you know who are making a difference, by nominating them for one of our awards.
Categories are community inclusion, leadership, long-term voluntary contribution and the National Inclusive Education Award.

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.

Community Inclusion Award 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.

Bruce Uditsky Leadership Award 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.

Cormack Award Nomination Form

National Inclusive Education Award

The National Inclusive Education Award is an initiative organized by Inclusion Canada and its provincial and territorial member associations. The award for Alberta is provided jointly by Inclusion Canada 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.

National Inclusive Education Award Nomination Form