Life in Abundance-Harvesting the Wisdom of Families
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Pre-Conference Session Information
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19
10:15 - 12:00 noon
Positive Behaviour Support: The Challenge and the Promise (Two part session, continues at 1:00pm)
This session will provide an overview of the practice of positive behaviour support (PBS) for individuals with developmental disabilities cross the lifespan. Examples of PBS interventions from the research literature will be used to illustrate the key components of this approach to enhancing the lives of individuals with significant problem behavior.
Presenter: Dr. Pat Mirenda
Relationships; Building Networks
This session will feature a panel of speakers discussing how their agencies assist individuals with disabilities to build relationships and personal networks.
Presenter Agencies: Amy Taylor (Best Buddies) & Aaron Johannes (Spectrum Society for Community Living)
Participants in this session will learn about “STEPSForward” a family-driven organization founded to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are included as students in the academic and social life of colleges and universities of British Columbia.
Presenter: Tamara Hurtado
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm - Friday October 19
Positive Behaviour Support: The Challenge and the Promise – Part B (see above)
Start with HI - 2
This session will introduce participants to the “Start with HI 2” safeguard initiative which builds upon the successful original “Start with Hi” project. “Start with HI2” encourages everyone to realize that small actions like saying “Hi” can be the first step towards making a connection that can give people with developmental disabilities a greater sense of safety, belonging and welcome in community.
Presenter: Jule Hopkins
3:10 pm – 3:45 pm - Friday October 19
Ministry of Education – Looking to the future
In this closing session participants will hear from the Ministry of Education onBC’s Education Plan as it pertains to students with Special Need
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Opening Reception
Entertainment and light refreshments
Main Conference Session Information
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
10:15 AM – 12:00 Noon
Leaving High School – What Next? (this session will run the full day in 3 parts)
How do you prepare for this big change in your son's or daughter's life? Planning for the future of our families and loved ones can be an intimidating process. This workshop is designed to help families understand how to prepare for their son's or daughter's transition from high school into a full life in the community. Drawing on the experiences of many parents and professionals, we will discuss roles and responsibilities, the planning process, planning tools and available resources and services.
Presenters: Angela Clancy, Karen De Long, Jeremy Vis, Kathleen O’Hanley
Being Connected thru Assistive Technology
This session will feature a panel of speakers discussing how their agencies assist individuals with disabilities to stay connected through assistive technology.
Presenter Agencies: CanAssist, CAYA, TBA
PLAN – Registered Disability Savings Plan
Learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan and how to use it in planning for a secure, stable financial future.
Presenter: Gord Robertson
Representation Agreements are for Everyone
In this session you will learn all about Representation Agreements, what they are, why you would set one up, how to set one up etc.
Presenter: Joanne Taylor
Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities Project – Ministry of Social Development
This session will be an overview of the new Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities Project being conducted by the Ministry of Social Development
Presenter: Paula Grant
Sharing Celebrations and Building Social Bridges with Scrapbooking
Participants will learn about how scrapbooks can help people to share their stories and record important information. In this fun, hands-on workshop participants willlearn how to use a variety of scrapbooking techniques. Please bring several photos of one recent event to make a 2 page layout to ‘make and take.’
Presenter: Tamara Kulusic
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm - Saturday, October 20
Leaving High School What Next – Part B (see above)
SOLOS (Safe on Line) - Parenting in a Cyber-Age
Parenting has never been a simple job but with children and youth involved in online technologies at earlier and earlier ages, parents need to keep up with technology. These workshops focus on equipping those who care for youth with the tools to deal with the challenges created when children and youth are using online communications.
Presenter: Merlyn Horton
The Tax Detective – (Part A of two part session)
Participants will learn about different income tax savings.
Presenter: Eileen Reppenhagen
FSI Advocacy Workshop – Part A of two part session
Effective advocacy skills help us and others get the support and services our families need while strengthening our communities. We will look at the different types of advocacy, the roles of various organizations, how effective advocacy strengthens communities, the advocacy process, and what it means to be an effective advocate. This workshop is interactive and practical and emphasizes good communication, negotiation and assertiveness skills.
Presenter: Wendy MacIntosh
This workshop will provide and over view explaining two forms of self-directed service. Individualized Funding, as provided through Community Living BC, is a payment option for individual support needs that provides funding to an agent or through a host agency. Linda will provide an overview of the models and discuss merits and challenges for both. This will be a relaxed discussion allowing for conversation and questions
Presenter: Linda Perry
Home Adaptations for Independence
Participants in this session will receive an overview of the HAFI program including target audience, eligibility criteria and scope of items covered.
Presenter: Jabeen Janmohamed
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm - Saturday, October 20
Leaving High School – What’s Next? Part C (see above)
iPad Applications User Group
This session will inform participants on different iPad applications and how best to maximize the use of these applications and introduce BACI iPad User group.
Presenter: Lisa Joy
The Tax Detective Part B (see above)
FSI Advocacy Workshop Part B (see above)
This session will introduce participants to “Sibling Support Groups”a unique series of family enhancement workshops facilitated by professional counselors and Behaviour Consultants.
6:00 pm - Midnight - Saturday, October 20
Join us ifor the Presidents Reception, Dinner and Dance to the music of "Basses Loaded"
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:15 – 11:45
Advocacy in Systems
A panel of provincial leaders will provide participants with an understanding of Advocacy within systems.
Presenters; Jane Holland, Linda Perry, Angela Clancy, Faith Bodnar
This session will cover the research outcomes on Home Sharing.
Presenter: Rochelle Hole
Participants will learn about Inclusion Works! It is a family-governed model to promote inclusion and individualized programming for youth transitioning from high school into adult programming. The group shares their individualized funding from CLBC, and partners with various agencies in the community.
Presenters: Meliah Motchman, Alison Shubrook, and Jenny McKay; Parents: Linda Motchman, Jacquie Burden, Karen McKay
This session will inform participants on the services offered through employment centres.