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Join us for #AdvoCon2021

Online from Wednesday, September 22 — Sunday, September 26

With re-entry to schools this fall and recent budget cuts, parents, guardians, educators, self-advocates, and supporters need to know what resources are available, and which are not, in BC K-12 education. Join us online again this year at our 7th annual education advocacy conference for five (5) days of presentations, panels, and workshops on students rights.

Take the opportunity to learn practical information, earn professional development credits, and interact and network with peers, mentors, and sponsors at our virtual conference. 

The conference will feature speakers with a passion for activism and educational equity, featuring presentations like Jordan’s Principle: Putting Children First, a panel led by Brittany Mathews of the First Nations Caring Society, and Disrupting Misconceptions Film Series with Inclusion BC. Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle ensuring First Nations children get the services they need when they need them. We’ll all learn more about how to ensure First Nations young people can access public services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs and takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, without experiencing any service denials, delays, or disruptions because they are First Nations. We’ll be concluding the conference with a screening and discussion of the film series, Disrupting Misconceptions and Forging Pathways for Students With Developmental Disabilities. Centred on the voices of students, educators, and families, the films explore how we can make our schools inclusive and welcoming of all learners.

Our other presentations, workshops, and panels include:

Tracy Humphreys and Heidi Vinois — Advocacy During A Pandemic
Jenn Scharf — Changes to Distributed Learning and Impact
Wiyé.nox (Luke Dandurand) — Kwantlen 7 Laws
Anne Whitmore and Tracy Humphreys — Dreaming Big About Education
Suzanne Perreault — IEPs – What You Need to Know
Lindsay Waddell — Human Rights and Your Child
Andree Gacoin — A Classroom Perspective on Assessment
Marta Carlucci — High School To Post-Secondary Transitions
Symbia Barnaby — Love, Human Rights, and Reconciliation
Inclusion Committee Panel — How to Create an Inclusion Committee
BCEdAccess Society — Anti-Ableism Working Group
Tina Dam and Tracy Humphreys — Letter Writing and Advocacy Communications
Moms Against Racism Canada — Intersectionality, Inclusion, and Impact
Inclusive Education Partner Group — Inclusive Childcare in Early Learning
BC People First Society — Self-Advocacy Matters
Jodie Wickens — Running for Office

I think this conference is an absolute gift to our community. I have learned so much attending that last few, and really appreciate the resources you all pull together. Thank you!

AdvoCon 2019

In addition to accessing the live stream with chat and active listeners, ticket holders will also be able to watch at their own pace with recordings of the conference made available after the streams have ended. Presentations will have ASL Interpretation brought to you by the Representative for Children and Youth, and CART.

If you are attending and have specific accessibility needs of any kind not accounted for, please inform us in advance so that we may provide any additional needed accommodations at info@bcedaccess.com.

Please share the details of this event with your audience! You can access our media release, event flyer, full schedule, and conference ad for sharing. If you chose to publish on your social media please be sure to include a link to our website advocon.bcedaccess.com, this helps us direct traffic to our information and ticket sales. Using the hashtag #AdvoCon2021 can also assist in directing relevant information into one space for reference.

Donations are still available, if you are interested in supporting this event please visit our donation form here. Please be sure to select AdvoCon as the program.

Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase yours here. Be sure to watch our social media for any additional promotions before the event begins!

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