BCEdAccess is presenting our 5th advocacy conference – a full two days of workshops for parents, guardians, self-advocates, and allies of students with disabilities and complex learners. EARLYBIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE AUGUST 15th!

We will have remote access tickets available as well as in person. Families have used autism funding for this conference in the past.

The event will take place again at the beautiful Civic Hotel in Surrey. The venue has on site accessible self-parking, and is generally physically accessible. We have a block of rooms available for registrants. More specific details about the event on our FAQ page:


Friday, October 18th:

8:30 to 5 pm full day of speakers and workshops, plus Struck by Inclusion! A series of 5 minute lightning talks by speakers excited about inclusion! 630 to 830 pm, Friday night optional social event reception with appies)

Saturday, October 19th:

8:30 to 5 pm full day of speakers and workshops


We’re really excited about our conference speakers and workshops! We’re still building the schedule, but stay tuned for more information in August!

We will be providing a certificate of completion for all workshops you attend this year, physical copies available at the registration table after the workshop, and we will email copies after the event as well.

We will update the list below as the program is built – come back in early August for more info!

Human Rights in BC and Discrimination in Education, Lindsay Waddell, Human Rights Lawyer

IEPs: What You Need to Know, Suzanne Perreault

Other topics will include some of the following:

-The Funding Model

-The School Act and Other Inclusive Education Legislation

-Complaints process

– Section 11 of the School Act – Appeals

-Advocacy – where to start

-Advocacy – when things aren’t working

-Who might be supporting my child in school? What are the different kinds of supports available?

-School Exclusions – what’s happening and how can we fix it?

-How can my school and/or district become more Inclusive?

-Self-advocacy programs

-Indigenous Education – barriers and allyship

-Sexual Health and Disabilities

-Experiences in the Education System – a self-advocacy perspective

-Behaviour As Communication

Will we see you in Surrey?

Lunch, coffee breaks and materials are included in the full 2 day conference price.

Specific separate meals for those with allergies cannot be accomodated this year.

If you are attending and have specific accessibility needs of any kind, please inform us in advance so that we may provide any additional needed accommodations.

Currently the venue is not fully accessible as the doors to enter the conference rooms, and to enter the hotel from the parking area, do not have access buttons to open the doors. People who need access may bring their vehicle to the front door of the hotel and the hotel staff will valet park their car free of charge.We will also ensure the conference room doors are open/accessible.

We do not at this point have ASL interpreters or captioning available. We hope to set this up for this conference or the next one. If we know in advance that you have need of this service, we will set it up and confirm with you as soon as possible.

We will have a quiet room available for most of the conference hours. Times will be posted, please ask if you need something outside of these times and we will provide an alternative.

There is underground pay parking available and the venue is a 4 minute walk from the Surrey Central Skytrain station.

Please contact the organizer with any questions about this event.

Information will be updated regularly. Please follow us on Facebook

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