#AdvoCon2019 – FAQs

BCEdAccess is excited to announce our fourth annual conference, Advocacy: Equitable Access to Education!

We are working hard behind the scenes to bring together a stellar event. Whether this will be your first time attending or you’ve come to every one so far, we hope you walk away inspired, energized, and ready to take your influence to the next level.

If you’re looking for help to prepare you for the event or help you decide if this conference is for you, and to answer a number of questions, this is the blog post to read. Information will be updated here as it becomes available.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who Sponsors the BCEdAccess Conference?

Without our sponsors, we could not put on such a great event. We thank:

Your Education Matters

Your Education Matters is a community engagement project of Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. YEM is directed by Paul Shaker, former dean of the faculty. The purpose of the project is to promote popular understanding of the value of public education and to foster advocacy for the renewal of our public schools and post-secondary institutions. Your Education Matters has produced over sixty full-length television programs interviewing educators and friends of education. YEM has more recently used social media and public events to encourage BC citizens to be informed and to advocate for their public schools and universities.

#YEM_BC

youreducationmatters.ca

Facebook page: Your Education Matters

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Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC is a provincial federation whose members include people with intellectual disabilities, families and community agencies.

The Inclusion BC provincial office provides support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.

www.inclusionbc.org

Facebook @InclusionBC

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Civic Hotel

The Civic Hotel in Surrey is providing a not-for-profit rate for the conference and hotel rooms for those staying overnight for this 2 day conference.

https://civichotel.ca/

If you’re planning on staying at the Civic Hotel for the conference:
For your guestrooms please book directly at https://civichotel.ca/ -click “Book Now”,
-enter check-in and checkout dates,
-“Special Rates” drop down will appear under dates,
-select “Corporate/Promo/Set#” and 
-in the blank field enter the L6C to get a $170 rate.

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Family Support Institute (FSI)

The purpose of the Family Support Institute of BC is to strengthen, connect and build communities and resources with families of people with disabilities in BC.  We believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.

https://familysupportbc.com/

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Showkraft Production Services

Showkraft is providing a sponsorship to assist with the cost of audio/visual equipment and services for the conference. We’re very grateful!

http://www.showkraftps.com/

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Vancity

“You can only truly prosper as an individual if you are surrounded by and connected to a vibrant, sustainable community.” Vancity provides support in many ways to the community and we are grateful recipients of their generosity for this event.

https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/

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Your generous support is much appreciated! There are more sponsors signing up, so come back here to see who else is supporting this event!

Can Our Organization Still Become a Sponsor?

Yes, you can still sign up to be a sponsor. Please email us at bcedaccess@gmail.com for a copy of the Exhibitor and Sponsor Form – we still have a very limited number of tables available to set up outside the event which can be booked separately or as a part of the sponsorship package, so if you want a table, please apply soon!

Is The Conference Accessible?

The conference is being held on the second floor of the Civic Hotel, which has an accessible entrance and elevators that are sufficiently wide for wheelchairs and motorized scooters. There is also accessible underground parking with an elevator that brings you up to the hotel. There are no steps to access any conference spaces.

We have planned for a smaller number of attendees in order to allow for adequate space for those who use mobility devices to get through tables.

Speakers will use microphones, and presenters have been asked to ensure that any videos are captioned.

Unfortunately we will not be able to provide any meals for specific allergies or sensitivities; we will be discussing avoiding nuts and providing gluten free and vegetarian options with the caterers and will update that information here.

There will be service dogs present.

If you have any individual needs that you do not see addressed here, please let us know asap so that we can provide appropriate accommodations.

Can I Volunteer?

Yes! We need all kinds of volunteers from reception table staff to technical help for live streaming to promoters and cheerleaders who will share this event on social media and in person. Contact bcedaccess@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “#AdvoCon2019 – FAQs

  1. How much does the conference cost? How can I register? Who can I talk to about volunteering? Are there any bursaries for parents or para-professionals to attend?

    1. Please see this link for tickets and registration:
      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcedaccess-annual-conference-advocacy-equitable-access-to-education-tickets-52164124300
      Please email us here about volunteering:
      bcedaccess@gmail.com
      We will be providing a certificate for each workshop, which can be used in some cases for continuing professional development credit. We do have a limited fund that was donated by Inclusion BC as well as VanCity for travel bursaries for families. Please email bcedaccess@gmail.com – we will be doing a draw to ensure a fair distribution of those bursaries.

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