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Voice of Albertans With Disabilities
Together, We HOLD The Power! Accessibility Conference & Fall Forum
Edmonton, Alberta
October 18, 2018 - October 19, 2018
Together, We HOLD The Power! Accessibility Conference & Fall Forum

October 18 & 19, 2018

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities is hosting its first Conference and Forum! The conference and forum are a two day dialogue and information exchange, featuring a reception with a keynote speaker, workshops, information tables and presentations. The audience will go on a journey of topics that pertain to the theme “Together, We Hold the Power!” The purpose of the conference and forum will be to showcase where and how the community is moving forward toward inclusion and accessibility in Canadian society. A focus will be on action, strategies and tools that you can use.

Date: October 18 & 19
Location: Radisson Hotel - 4520 76 Avenue, Edmonton
ADF Members Cost: $225 plus GST
Non Members Cost: $250 plus GST

Register online at EventBrite: (additional fees apply)

Registration Package - Download and email or mail it to VAD

Book a hotel room for Thursday night - 4 accessible rooms available - ask for the VAD Accessibility Conference block of rooms.

Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, 4520 76 Avenue, Edmonton
Reservations: 1-800-661-5193 or 780-468-5400

Thursday October 18

12:30 Registration
Closed Captioning available during the forum
1:00 pm Forum Starts
2:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm Forum Ends


5:00 pm Registration - Cash Bar
Closed Captioning available during the reception
5:30 pm Opening Remarks, Networking Time and Appetizers
6:00 pm Exploring the Collective Impact Opportunity
Tamarack Institute - Sylvia Cheuy
The keynote will provide an overview of the 3 pre-conditions and 5 conditions of Collective Impact and highlight how it is evolving. It will distinguish Collective Impact from other forms of collaboration and provide participants with the ability to discern when – and when not – it makes sense to use Collective Impact. Stories and experiences from others who have worked with Collective Impact will also be shared.
7:30 pm Starry Night by Schizophrenia Society

Friday, October 19, 2018

Conference Room A will have ALS interpreters & Closed Captioning available

Conference Room B will have a Loop System in place

8:00 Registration
8:30 Opening Remarks
8:45 Collective Action: Moving from Theory to Action
Tamarack Institute -Sylvia Cheuy
This interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the potential opportunities and challenges of applying the Collective Impact Framework and be introduced to, and have an opportunity to apply, tools designed to assess and plan how best to strengthen their work. Specific emphasis will be given to the importance of thinking beyond programmatic solutions to also consider necessary systems-change strategies to ensure your action has significant and lasting impact.

10:45 - 15 minute break

11:00 Conference Room A
Universal Design: Creating an Accessible and Age-friendly Edmonton
Zachary Weeks & Crystal Jones
Highlight AAC’s role in serving as a collaborative voice for Edmontonians experiencing disability: Together, We Hold the Power.
Delve into Universal Design Principles and the City of Edmonton’s Access Design Guide.
Lewis Farms Recreation Centre: Example of a new approach to collaboration between the City of Edmonton and citizens with disabilities.
Conference Room B
Built Environment & Accessibility
Ron Wickman
Ron Wickman was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and in 1991 received his Master of Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He set up his own Edmonton based practice in January 1995. Ron’s interest and expertise is Accessible Architecture. He also has a special interest in multi-family housing and urban and community planning. He is committed to providing affordable, accessible and adaptable housing and has won several housing competitions.
The purpose of the presentation is to identify an alternative form of housing to the typical builder’s homes, larger apartments, senior citizen villages and assisted living housing projects. The conclusion is that good housing is designed in the beginning to allow for easier future changes, additions and adaptations. Designing a dwelling with the needs of more persons in mind is not just a technical issue that we can deal with in the future, it is a creation act that we consider now so the future is better for everyone.
12:00 Working Lunch Conference Room A
12:20 Taking Action: What We Learned at Our Self-Advocacy Summit
Self Advocacy Summit
Sometimes people with developmental disabilities are not included in the mainstream of disability activism. We would educate people on what we learned at our summit and how they can join us in taking action on issues that we are all passionate about in the disability community, such as human rights, poverty reduction, affordable housing and inclusion.
12:40 Update about iVAD
iVAD Representative

1:00 - 15 minute break

1:15 Conference Room A
Alberta Parks: Making Alberta Parks More Inclusive for Persons with a Disability
Leah Arnason
To demonstrate knowledge of mobility, vision and hearing loss infrastructure improvements for provincial parks.
Conference Room B
Title TBA
Teren Clark - Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

2:15 - 15 minute break

2:30 Conference Room A
Bill c-81 Accessible Canada Act
James Hicks - Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Conference Room B
Human Rights – Duty to Accommodate
Sushila Samy

3:30 - 15 minute break

3:45 - 4:15 Wrap up Speaker, Evaluations & Prize Give-a-way
must be in attendance to win


Thank you to Edmonton Community Foundation for your sponsorship.

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