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2019 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference
April 5-6, 2019
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta

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Friday, April 5
 

9:00am

From Barriers to Belonging: Supporting Inclusion in Secondary Schools
This workshop will address powerful—yet practical—approaches for supporting inclusion and peer relationships in middle schools and high schools. Learn step-by-step guidance for implementing peer support and peer network interventions, including how to develop strong support plans, recruit peers, and equip paraprofessionals and educators.

For handouts: https://www.erikwcarter.com/inclusionalberta

Speakers
avatar for Erik Carter

Erik Carter

Professor of Special Education, Cornelius Vanderbilt
Erik Carter’s research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple... Read More →




Friday April 5, 2019 9:00am - 4:30pm
Ballroom 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

9:00am

Reducing the Risk of Abuse and Addressing its Impact
Both the reality of abuse and the fear of it happening appears to be a “constant” in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and those providing support. This workshop will address the issues related to abuse, provide participants with the knowledge needed to take effective action, and offer practical steps.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Baladerian

Nora Baladerian

Dr. Nora Baladerian is the 2018 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Rehabilitation and Disability for Distinguished Contribution to the fi eld and is also a recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s award for excellence in service to victims, receiving... Read More →




Friday April 5, 2019 9:00am - 4:30pm
Room 6 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

7:00pm

President’s Reception
Inclusion Alberta hosts its annual President’s Reception – a casual evening opportunity to visit with friends and make new ones. There will be an awards ceremony to honour several individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Soft drinks and finger foods will be available, as will a cash bar. Children are welcome to attend with their parents but please note childcare and Teen Club will NOT be available during the reception. Many find the President’s Reception to be an inspiring celebration of community inclusion.

Friday April 5, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4
 
Saturday, April 6
 

9:00am

Opening Plenary: Pathways to Belonging
Our workshop presenters will share this opening plenary and from their individual perspectives reflect on the ways in which communities might welcome and weave children and adults with developmental disabilities into the relationships and activities that make up a life of flourishing for us all.

For handouts and notes from Nora Baladerian and Erik Carter, see the downloads below.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Baladerian

Nora Baladerian

Dr. Nora Baladerian is the 2018 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Rehabilitation and Disability for Distinguished Contribution to the fi eld and is also a recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s award for excellence in service to victims, receiving... Read More →
avatar for Erik Carter

Erik Carter

Professor of Special Education, Cornelius Vanderbilt
Erik Carter’s research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple... Read More →



Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

10:30am

First Nations Challenges and Possibilities
Indigenous and First Nations children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families experience many additional challenges over and above those common to non-indigenous individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in general. First Nations family members and leaders will share, how in partnership with Inclusion Alberta, promising avenues to change are being created and where much more remains to be done.



Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 6 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

10:30am

Inclusive Education: Being a More Effective Advocate
Achieving quality inclusive education from kindergarten to high school requires parents to be knowledgeable and effective advocates. This session will provide parents and other advocates for quality inclusive education with the understanding and knowledge to be more successful in obtaining a quality inclusive education.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Uditsky

Bruce Uditsky

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Inclusion Alberta



Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

10:30am

Individual Response Plans: Reducing Risk and Responding to Abuse
This session will provide an overview of how to design an individualized plan to reduce the risk and impact of abuse. Nora will engage participants in discussing topics such as: what to do or say or not do or say when abuse is suspected;; potential perpetrators and their relationships to individuals;; and responding to disclosure of abuse.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Baladerian

Nora Baladerian

Dr. Nora Baladerian is the 2018 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Rehabilitation and Disability for Distinguished Contribution to the fi eld and is also a recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s award for excellence in service to victims, receiving... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 7 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

10:30am

Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) and Discretionary Trusts: Achieving Financial Security
This session provides the opportunity to learn how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit in order to be eligible for an RDSP, the benefits of an RDSP and the in’s and out’s of establishing a trust.


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom D 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

10:30am

Youth Forum
The Forum will of interest to youth with and without disabilities interested in social justice, action and inclusion and will include attending a session as well as developing action strategies to further inclusion in schools and communities. *Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 3:00pm
Room 5 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

1:30pm

A House is Not a Home
This session will link the new Federal housing initiative that has specific provisions for individuals with developmental disabilities, the experiences of families and community members in developing home in the truest sense of the word, and how this knowledge can be utilized by families and communities to create a future where more and more individuals with developmental disabilities have a home, not just housing.



Saturday April 6, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 6 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

1:30pm

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in Expanding Inclusive Practices
Learn a practical and creative approach for launching local movements that invite ordinary citizens (not just the “usual suspects”) to be part of expanding inclusive opportunities and supports for community members with disabilities.

For handouts, please see the downloads below, or visit Erik's website: https://www.erikwcarter.com/inclusionalberta

Speakers
avatar for Erik Carter

Erik Carter

Professor of Special Education, Cornelius Vanderbilt
Erik Carter’s research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple... Read More →



Saturday April 6, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 7 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

1:30pm

Creating and Facilitating Relationships through Community Engagement
This session will explore: the power of natural pathways, strategies for community engagement and inclusion, how to identify individual interests, how families and staff can facilitate and encourage community connections, and how families can train staff they employ through FSCD or FMS.



Saturday April 6, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom D 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

1:30pm

Trends, Opportunities and Advocacy Challenges: A Look Ahead
In this annual session, Bruce will offer his perspective on future trends, challenges and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Uditsky

Bruce Uditsky

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Inclusion Alberta



Saturday April 6, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom C 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

3:15pm

Closing Plenary: Multi-Generational Leadership
Most people do not think of themselves as leaders. Yet leadership is absolutely essential, not only on an individual or family level but collectively, if we are going to have any chance of creating needed societal change. Without the capacity for sustained leadership over generations every tomorrow will mean parents, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will repeat the same struggle for inclusion and belonging time and time again. Thus, a good and meaningful life will escape many. Inclusion Alberta, as a multi- generational organization, has created multiple avenues for leadership development, including: Family Leadership Series, Emerging Leaders, local association development and Youth for Inclusion. Together, these multiple means have enabled hundreds of families, individuals, youth and staff to discover their own leadership potential and role in collective advocacy. Come and listen to the representative voices of family members, individuals, youth and staff and be inspired as to your own capacity for leadership and potential contribution to collective action.

Moderators
Saturday April 6, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4

7:30pm

Family Dance Celebration
Join us on Saturday evening from 7:30 to 11:00 pm in the Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom for a ‘funtastic’ family dance, finger foods and celebration. Even if you don’t like to dance, it’s a great opportunity to connect and celebrate. A spectacular band will keep everyone entertained and active. Although there will be entertainment for children, parents are responsible for their supervision – Childcare and Teen Club are not provided. If you wish to attend this event, please indicate this on the registration form and make the appropriate payment when submitting your registration. Please note dinner will NOT be provided but snacks, finger foods and soft drinks will be available along with a cash bar. For dinner, there are numerous restaurants and a food court in the mall if you’d like something to eat before the family celebration dance.

Saturday April 6, 2019 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4