Claiming Full Citizenship: Self Determination, Personalization and Individualized Funding
- With the passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, self-determination, personalization and individualized funding initiatives have a new foundation upon which to build. In countries all over the world, these initiatives are transforming the lives of people with disabilities. Like the shift from institutions to community services, these initiatives are a momentous step forward in assisting disabled and elderly people achieve meaningful and rewarding lives as full citizens. In October of 2015, UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is hosting: Claiming Full Citizenship: an international conference on Individualized Funding, Self Determination, and Personalization. We invite you to join us and share in the excitement and fellowship of this important event.
Go "From Good to Great" at DSRF's 20th Anniversary Down Syndrome Conference
- Go "From Good to Great" at DSRF's 20th Anniversary Down Syndrome Conference The Down Syndrome Research Foundation's 20th anniversary conference, "From Good to Great: Enhancing Quality of Life for People with Down Syndrome," will take place October 23-24, 2015 at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver. We are excited to offer this rich opportunity for parents and professionals to learn from an outstanding line up of international speakers as well as Canadian experts. Our keynote day one address, "Optimizing Neurodevelopment," will be presented by Dr. David Stein: Co-Director, The Down Syndrome Program, Boston Children's Hospital; Instructor Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stein will discuss the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behavioural support, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings. Our keynote speaker for day two, "Optimizing Physical and Mental Health," is Dr. George Capone. Dr. Capone is the Director of the Down Syndrome Clinic and Research Centre at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at John Hopkins School of Medicine. On day one, the conference will provide information about the latest best practice for behavioural support; development of communication skills; employment; reading and mathematics; support from an expert on toilet training; individualized supports for maximizing community inclusion; and dementia supports. The day two speaker focus is on current research concerning protective strategies to address the higher risk of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome; what is known about the negative impact of sleep apnea on language and cognitive development; micronutrient requirements and metabolism; endocrinology; protective strategies for anxiety and OCD; service system response for dementia, and a round table discussion on models of community care for people with Down syndrome who develop early onset Alzheimer's. This will be an unprecedented opportunity in Canada to bring together families, educators, clinicians, service providers and researchers to learn, share and inspire! Click here for more information and registration. Don't miss out—register today! Downloads: Conference Flyer Daily Schedule Speaker Bios and Workshop Descriptions
Pacific Rim 2016
- The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.
The 36th Annual Seating Symposium
- Online abstract submission is now available. Call for Abstract Deadline May 31, 2015 Dates March 1 – 4, 2016 Location The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC, Canada Description This international symposium addresses current and future developments in the areas of seating, positioning and mobility. Topic areas include service delivery, product development, research and outcomes. The format for the symposium will include pre-symposium, plenary, instructional, paper and poster sessions. Extensive opportunities will be provided for networking with colleagues. Learning Objectives At the completion of this symposium, participants will be able to: 1. Identify and compare new and existing positioning and mobility equipment 2. Discuss the emerging research evidence supporting seating and mobility practices 3. Identify resources for seating and mobility practice 4. Compare and discuss new seating and mobility techniques and interventions 5. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of a number of innovative service delivery models