Past Events

Helping students belong at school:

understanding what it means to be a student.

September 30, 2019 at 12pm & 7pm EST

~ with Erin Sheldon, MEd.

Focusing on the role of “student” has allowed me to understand my daughter Maggie in my more complex ways. It has changed my priorities and made me a more effective advocate.

Understanding the role of student has meant that, as her mother, I can work with school teams and in our home to maximize Maggie being accepted for who she is as an individual and as a student. This created authentic opportunities for friendship and a more meaningful education. In this presentation, I will explain what and how I implemented role theory in supporting Maggie to be a successful student in her community school.

You can't learn to swim in the parking lot of the pool.

September 24, 2019 at 12pm EST

~ with Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift

In this interactive presentation, filled with humour and personal anecdotes Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift will draw on their experience as two adults with different disabilities who experienced the school system in different ways and with different degrees of success.

They will argue that there is an ongoing confusion about the relationship between ability and opportunity that we must grapple with in order to ensure that inclusive education truly lives up to its promise.

Using AAC as a tool for self-determination and supported decision making:
How to stop guessing what people want.

July 10, 2019 at 12pm & 7pm EST

~ with Erin Sheldon, MEd.

Erin Sheldon earned her graduate degree studying the educational needs of students with Angelman syndrome (AS). Erin conducts professional development workshops and webinars for educators and therapists on the assistive technology, communication, and literacy needs of students with significant disabilities, including AS. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and manuals for educators. Erin is the CEO of Integration Action for Inclusion, Ontario’s parent association for school inclusion. Erin is the mother of Maggie, a 16 year old with deletion-positive Angelman.


May 14,2019 12PM EST

Dr. Al Condeluci, is the former CEO of CLASS, a nonprofit, community based support system for folks with all types of disabilities in Pittsburgh, PA.  He holds an MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is on faculty in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Social Work.  He has authored 7 books, including the acclaimed, Interdependence: The Route to Community (1991) and the newly released, The Macro Change Handbook (2015). Al Condeluci is a renowned international speaker. Check out his TED Talk


JUNE 3, 2019 12PM EST

Janet Klees has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and allies in community for over 30 years. For 21 years, until 2014, was coordinator with the family-governed Deohaeko Support Network – almost from its beginnings when families designed and built a 105-unit housing co-operative which seven of their sons and daughters with disabilities now call home, and from which they live typical and full lives in community.