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Call for Workshop Proposals - BCACL 2013 Conference - Deadline January 11

Workshop proposals are welcome for the 2013 BCACL Conference, WE are Community: Defining Inclusion, to take place on May 22-25, 2013 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The deadline for proposals is January 11.

WE are Community: Defining Inclusion

May 22-25, 2013, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC

Submit online at: http://www.wearecommunityconference.org/data/

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BCACL will host its 2013 conference, "WE are Community: Defining Inclusion" in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22-25, 2013 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel.  We expect hundreds to register for the conference, which will feature a pre-conference day coordinated by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC; dozens of informative and interesting workshops for self advocates, families, service providers, advocates, and the community; keynote speakers and plenaries; and much more.

Our workshops will include the following themes and topics:

  • Self Advocacy, workshops and presentations by and/or for self advocates, including wellness, sexuality, employment and self employment, art and self advocate initiatives
  • Youth, including programming by and for youth, including youth 9-14 and 14 and up, around art, transitions, youth justice and children's rights
  • Employment and Transitions, including best practices, transitions, customized employment, social enterprise, unemployment and finding work
  • Families, including inclusive education, inclusive child care, family support, transitions, family leadership and children and youth
  • Values and Ethics, including medical ethics, assisted suicide and euthanasia, genetic testing, and human rights
  • Organizational Development, including senior staff development, leadership and succession, resource development and board development
  • Inclusion and Advocacy, including network-building, friendships and relationships, advocacy, movement building, working with media, social justice, housing innovations, and addressing poverty
  • First Nations and Aboriginal communities, including common legacies of institutionalization and community concerns.

We encourage the submission of workshop proposals that address diverse communities, multicultural communities and Aboriginal and First Nations communities. We strongly encourage innovative, leading-edge proposal and topics. We ask for proposals to be submitted before January 11, 2013.

Workshops should be submitted online at: http://www.wearecommunityconference.org/data/

If you have any questions regarding workshops or workshop submissions, please contact Lynne Kates, Member Services Coordinator, at ckates@bcacl.org or 604-777-9100 x. 503.