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BCEdAccess Annual Conference - Advocacy: Equitable Access to Education

29mar(mar 29)8:30 pm30(mar 30)5:00 pmBCEdAccess Annual Conference - Advocacy: Equitable Access to Education8:30 pm - 5:00 pm (30)

Event Details

BCEdAccess is presenting our 4th annual advocacy conference - a full two days of workshops for parents, guardians, self-advocates, and allies of students with disabilities and complex learners.

The event will take place at the beautiful Civic Hotel in Surrey. The venue has on site accessible self-parking, and is generally physically accessible. More specific details about accessibility and more available on our FAQ page:


Friday, March 29th:

8:30 to 3 pm full day of speakers and workshops

6:30 to 8:30 pm Struck by Inclusion! A reception and series of 5 minute lightning talks by speakers excited about inclusion!

Saturday, March 30th:

8:30 to 5 pm full day of speakers and workshops

We're really excited about our conference speakers and workshops! Our full schedule is now available at:

AdvoCon2019 Schedule Brochure

We will be providing a certificate of completion for all workshops you attend this year in your attendee package. Here are the speakers (some are presenting Friday, some Saturday - see schedule brochure above):

Inclusive Education: Who, What, Where, When, Why?! A 3 hour workshop with keynote Shelley Moore, highly sought after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller

Using Evidence to Advocate for Students and for Public Education, Annie Kidder, Executive Director of Ontario's People for Education

Returning will be the popular Student self-advocate panel, Life All Over The Spectrum, facilitated by Elizabeth McWilliams Hewitt

self advocate Micaela Evans, On Barriers

Advocacy in Action- Using Your Parent Voice, Andrea Sinclair and John Gaiptman of BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils - (BCCPAC)

Navigating and Mediating Settler Colonial Intersectional Discrimination as a Parent of a Child in Public Education, waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy

What is the DSM-5 and What Should I Know About Childhood Disorders? Theresa Grech, certified counsellor

Human Rights in BC and Discrimination in EducationCommunity Legal Assistance Society

Avenues of Advocacy, Inclusion BC's Karen De Long and Erika Cedillo

Parent Professional Relationships, Family Support Institute's Wendi Mackintosh and Mandy Young

IEPs: What You Need to Know, Suzanne Perreault

Working Through the Trauma of Advocacy, Ted Leavitt, counsellor

Happy Mornings, Erika and Pepe Duarte

The Kwantlen 7 Laws and Our Everyday Struggle to Find Balance and Focus, Luke Dandurand

Inquiry-based Learning as Inclusion (Middle and High School), Jeff Hopkins

Trauma and Folks with Diverse Abilities - A Primer, Margaret Newbury-Jones, Shade Consulting

Mental Wellness In Schools, Ian Landy, principal, Powell River

Meaningful Inclusion of Student Voice: A Teacher's Learning, Annie OHana

When Everything Goes Wrong; Safety Planning for All, Elizabeth McWilliams Hewitt

And many more speakers and workshops on the Friday evening event, still to be announced!

Will we see you in Surrey?

Lunch, coffee breaks and materials are included in the full 2 day conference price, as well as the Struck by Inclusion reception Friday night

Specific separate meals for those with allergies cannot be accomodated this year.

If you are attending and have specific accessibility needs of any kind, please inform us in advance so that we may provide any additional needed accommodations.

There is underground pay parking available and the venue is a 4 minute walk from the Surrey Central Skytrain station.

Please contact the organizer with any questions about this event.

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