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Press Release: Vancouver to hold BC's premier conference on developmental disability issues

Hundreds of people with developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, supporters and friends will descend upon downtown Vancouver today as Inclusion BC begins its annual conference.

Vancouver, B.C. May 22, 2013 - From May 22 to May 25, over 400 people with developmental disabilities, family members, volunteers, managers, front-line staff, executive directors and community members from across BC and Canada will meet at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel for Inclusion BC’s annual conference.

Read the conference program here.

Co-hosted by posAbilities, Spectrum Society for Community Living and the BC Centre for Ability, this year’s conference will host over 50 diverse sessions and workshops focusing on timely and relevant issues facing people with developmental disabilities and their families, such as employment, housing, education, community inclusion and the arts. Below are just a few of the many exciting sessions.

Shane Koyzan to Headline Plenary on Bullying
Friday, May 24, 8:30am
Renowned spoken word poet Shane Koyzan will lead the conference`s midway plenary on Friday morning at 8:30am. Most recently known for his riveting piece, ``To This Day,” Shane captivates audiences with his honest, powerful and breathtaking poetry.

Knowing that youth with disabilities are at an increased risk of being bullied in school, our midway plenary will focus on acceptance, inclusion and youth leadership. Local youth leader Parys Liu will speak about an initiative she launched when she was just 11 years old and an anti-bullying event that brought three schools and multiple community organizations together in “a Night in Harmony.”

Keynote Speaker Paula Kluth – Saturday, May 25, 8:30 am
Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities. She is the author or co-author of ten books and is also a director of the documentary film, “We Thought You’d Never Ask”: Voices of People with Autism. In this important and timely plenary, Paula Kluth will talk about the importance of inclusive education and present practical ways to make the classroom inclusive of children of all learning abilities.

Can You Dig It - Building community one garden at a time
Friday, 10:30am

The Can You Dig It (CYDI) initiative tackles the challenge of social isolation through gardening. CYDI reaches out to include all neighbours, and celebrates diverse abilities and life experiences. In this workshop, we will present stories of individuals and share our successes and challenges. Participants will be invited to participate in group discussion about community inclusion, social isolation and how we can facilitate belonging and relationship in our communities.

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Conference sponsors

Inclusion BC would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the sponsors of our 2013 Conference and Annual General Meeting.