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INSPIRED BY LOVE 2017: Call for Workshop Proposals

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops and presentations from speakers and thought leaders for "Inspired By Love 2017," Inclusion BC's annual event taking place June 14-17 this year in Richmond, BC


We are accepting workshop proposals for Inspired By Love 2017

Inclusion BC’s annual event is Canada’s premier forum for inspiration, sharing and learning on intellectual disability, human rights and inclusion. Together with our co-host, Richmond Society for Community Living, we will welcome over 700 participants, including people with disabilities, family members, service providers, support staff, students, educators, community leaders, advocates and allies who share the common goal of working together to build a world where everyone belongs.

This year’s theme, Inspired by Love, celebrates the human bonds that forge our sense of shared community, the power of compassion and of sharing our own vulnerabilities. When we work together to advance real inclusion, everything we do is inspired by love. Love breaks down barriers and sparks connections, helping us accomplish more together. 

This is an opportunity to inspire champions of change by sharing the latest information, resources and best practices for building more inclusive communities, advancing rights and promoting abilities.

Session Types:

  • Workshops: 1.5 hour interactive, participatory
  • Catalyst labs: Present and discuss innovative research with attendees.

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops and presentations from speakers and thought leaders with themes/topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Self Advocacy - workshops and presentations by and/or for self advocates, including wellness, sexuality, employment and self employment, art and self advocate initiatives
  • Relationships – Personal/professional, making connections
  • 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 and Children - including inclusive education, inclusive child care, family support, transitions, family leader- ship and children and youth
  • Values and Ethics - including medical ethics, physician-assisted death 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 movements, housing innovations, and addressing poverty
  • First Nations and Aboriginal communities - including common legacies of institutionalization, community concerns, and emerging issues and opportunities for collaboration

We are interested in presentations that:

  • Reflect the use of person-first or identity-first language
  • Reflect the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life
  • Make every attempt to address First Nations and Aboriginal  communities, multicultural communities, LGBTQ communities
  • Address accessibility and universal design so that all attendees may participate fully
  • Promote evidence-based practices to attain full inclusion in all aspects of society, and
  • Promote Inclusion BC’s advocacy and issues.

Please submit your workshop proposal by clicking on this link: Call for Workshops

 If you have any questions regarding workshops or workshop submissions, please contact Karen DeLong, kdelong@inclusionbc.org, 604-777-9100 x 530.
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: February 28, 2017.