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March 27-28: Prince George conference on Aging and Quality of Life for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities

BCACL encourages members to register for the conference below, March 27-28, 2012 in Prince George, BC on aging with intellectual/developmental disabilities, following the Executive Directors Network meeting on March 26.

BCACL encourages members to register for the conference below, March 27-28, 2012 in Prince George, BC on aging with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The conference follows BCACL's Executive Directors Network meeting, also in Prince George, on March 26, 2012. If you are an Executive Director of a BCACL Member Organization, register here to attend EDNet - and if not, please review the information below to register for the Aging Conference.

The Prince George Community Group on Aging with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the IASSID Academy of Education, Teaching & Research presents

Aging and Quality of Life

For Adults with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

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Date: Tuesday March 27th & Wednesday 28th, 2012 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Westwood Church, 2658 South Ospika Blvd, Prince George


Early Bird Registration Fee for this 2 Day Conference is $100.00 (Including Refreshment Breaks & Lunches)

Space is limited – Register Today! (Click here for registration form)


Plenary Sessions: IASSID Academy of Education, Teaching & Research Speakers

  • Roy I. Brown, BSc, Dip Psych, PhD. is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary and Flinders University. As a psychologist he has carried out teaching, research and practice. He has worked in clinical practice, and directed support and intervention programs in the UK, Canada and Australia. His research and practice have resulted in a wide range of books, chapters and articles. He has co-chaired the IASSID Quality of life Special Interest Research Group and is on the Board of Down Syndrome International.
  • Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D. is a research associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves as director for technical assistance for the RRTC in Aging with Developmental Disabilities, Lifespan Health and Function. Former director for aging and special populations for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, he currently co-chairs the U.S. National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.. He has authored numerous books and articles and provides training worldwide.
  • Nancy S. Jokinen, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor at UNBC’s School of Social Work who has extensive experience in community services for adults with an intellectual/developmental disability and their families. A past recipient of the Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes / Centres on Health and Aging Early Researcher Award, she is the lead investigator on a Canadian study investigating learning and information needs of caregivers of adults with intellectual disability and dementia.

3 Concurrent Sessions Daily Featuring Local & Provincial Speakers including:

  • Jennifer Baumbusch , PhD, RN. UBC Assistant Professor School of Nursing
  • Jesse Bowen, JAZ Training & Facilitation
  • Lisa Cassidy, Be Unique Fitness
  • Lorna Dittmar & Linda Ash
  • Louise Holland, Northern Health Elderly Services
  • Jule Hopkins and Kim Lister, Community Living BC
  • Michael Jones, M.D., FRCP (C), Provincial Medical Director for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Indrani Margolin, PhD. UNBC Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Carol Mooring, Instructor UNBC School of Nursing
  • Cathy Reis, RN, BSN, MS, Provincial Clinical Consultant for Developmental Disabilities.
  • And others…

Discussion Groups held Daily, Opportunities to Network

For registration information please contact Vera Donald vera.donald@aimhi.ca