Wednesday, Sep 22

Indigenous Opening with Sue Sterling-Bur 10:00am – 10:50am

Advocacy During a Pandemic
with Tracy Humphreys & Heidi Vinois 10:50am – 12:00pm

Introduction to the conference by Heidi Vinois. What BCEdAccess has been up to and continuing challenges during the pandemic.

Distributed/Online Learning – Changes, Impact and Advocacy
with Jenn Scharf and Tracy Humphreys 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Overview of the legislative changes made to facilitate the move from Distributed to Online Learning, followed by a breakout discussion with attendees to discuss the changes and the potential impact on students with disabilities and other complex learners.

The Kwantlen 7 Laws
with Wiyé.nox (Luke Dandurand) 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Oral traditions of local teachings from the Kwantlen First Nation community.

Social Wind Down 8:00pm – 8:30pm

Thursday, Sep 23

Social Coffee Connection 9:00am – 9:30am

Jordan’s Principle: Putting Children First
with Brittany Mathews 10:00am – 11:15am

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle ensuring First Nations children get the services they need when they need them. Learn about how we can all ensure First Nations young people can access public services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays or disruptions because they are First Nations.

Dreaming Big About Education Workshop
with Anne Whitmore and Tracy Humphreys 1:00pm – 3:00pm

What is the current structure of the BC education system? What kinds of changes are possible? What would a better BC education system look like, to you? How would you create welcoming spaces, free from oppression? Join this facilitated conversation to build a possible path to a truly inclusive system!

IEPS – What You Need To Know
with Suzanne Perreault 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Suzanne will present on IEPs and what they should look like, effective goals and strategies, and how to advocate for what your child or youth needs.

Social Wind Down 8:30pm – 9:00pm

Friday, Sep 24

Social Coffee Connection 9:00am – 9:30am

Human Rights and Your Child
with Lindsay Waddell 10:00am – 11:30am

Human Rights and Your Child will provide parents with an introduction to human rights law and concepts with particular emphasis on how to protect and advance the rights of children with disabiities in elementary and secondary school systems.

Ways to file HRT, Section 11 & more
with BCEdAccess Facilitators 11:30am – 12:00pm

This short break out session will support the practical process for participants of filing Human Rights Tribunal, Ombudsman, Teacher Regulation Branch and Section 11 complaints and appeals, and can help you make sense of all the paperwork and necessary documentation.

A Classroom Perspective on Assessment
with Andrée E Gacoin 1:00pm – 2:30pm

What exactly is “assessment”? What forms of “classroom assessment” do teachers use? How do teachers identify if my child might need more support? What are “large-scale assessments” and how are they used in BC public schools? If you have any of these questions, this workshop is for you!

Scaling The Impact of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
with Marta Carlucci of Steps Forward 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Reconciliation in the education system, what barriers exist for Indigenous learners with disabilities and how do we move forward in a positive way. This session will start with a presentation and will have some spots for discussion/self reflection of topics related to the presentation. Please be aware that there will be sensitive information being discussed and shared.

Love, Human Rights and Reconciliation
with Symbia Barnaby 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Reconciliation in the education system, what barriers exist for Indigenous learners with disabilities and how do we move forward in a positive way. This session will start with a presentation and will have some spots for discussion/self reflection of topics related to the presentation. Please be aware that there will be sensitive information being discussed and shared.

Social Wind Down 8:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, Sep 25

Social Coffee Connection with a presentationfrom the Moosehide Campaign 9:00am – 9:30am

How to Create an Inclusion Committee
with the Inclusion Committee Panel 10:00am – 11:15am

Want to start and Inclusion Committee in your school or district? Come and find out from others around the province what they have done and how you too can effect change in your school community!

Anti-Ableism Working Group Panel
with BCEdAccess Anti-Ableism Committee 12:00pm – 1:15pm

What is ableism, especially in the school system? Why is it important to know what it is? How does it impact our children’s education, and intersects with other marginalized identities? We will share why we started the Anti-Ableism group, what our goals are, how language is critical and needs to evolve. We will brainstorm with participants on what they would like to see addressed and how they can get involved in their own district.

Letter Writing and Other Advocacy Communications
with Inclusion BC’s Tina Dam, and Tracy Humphreys 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Join us for a practical session talking about how to write advocacy letters, op-ed articles, and other communications. We’ll share tools and techniques and you’ll write and workshop some of your own communications together with other participants.

Disability and Race: Intersectionality, Inclusion and Impact
with Symbia Barnaby & Karissa Crawley 6:30pm – 8:15pm

Presenters will be unpacking how disability and race intersect, how they impact a child and their family’s journey through the education system, and what is needed for true inclusion of all student bodies and experiences.

Social Wind Down 8:15pm – 8:45pm

Sunday, Sep 26

Social Coffee Connection 9:00am – 9:30am

Inclusive Child-care within the Early Learning Framework
a panel discussion with the Inclusive Education Partner Group, led byAngela Clancy 10:00am – 11:30am

With the movement of child care to be the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, we want to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities is not forgotten. Access to inclusive child care within the Early Learning Framework and before/after school care within the Seamless Childcare Framework means that children with disabilities and diverse learning needs that require additional support will have a supported spot. This will allow them to be part of the community, just as they will also become part of the learning community as they transition to their K-12 education.

We, as the Inclusive Education Partners Group, acknowledge that all changes will involve the development of policy and sufficient funding to support full implementation. This session will explore a range of questions to ponder and shine a light on to help explore solutions and/or raise as this transition occurs.

Self-Advocacy Matters
with BC People First Society 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us for a panel discussion by youth and adult self-advocates, followed by a breakout session for children and youth with disabilities, and a breakout session for parents and guardians. Learn the many reasons why self-advocacy is important and how to support children and youth in their journey towards self-advocacy.

Running for Office
with Jodie Wickens 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Jodie will share everything that she has learned from both winning and losing in civic and provincial elections. Parents interested in running for office or anyone interested in supporting a campaign should attend this session.

AdvoCon Closing
with Heidi Vinois 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Disrupting Misconceptions in our Schools
with Inclusion BC’s, Karla Verschoor 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Disrupting misconceptions and forging pathways for students with developmental disabilities. Watch a screening of Inclusion BC’s Inclusive Education film series followed by a panel.

Social Wind Down 8:30pm – 9:00pm