EDMONTON, April 7 /CNW/ - Over 650 parents, children, teenagers and
adults with developmental disabilities, including teachers and
professionals from across the province and as far away as Australia,
will gather at the Fantasyland Hotel April 8 - 9, 2011 to attend the
Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) 19th Annual Family Conference. There is no other comparable event in the
world where close to 150 children and teenagers attend along with their
The President's Reception on Friday evening April 8, 2011 will include
testimonials from families on the profound difference AACL has made to
their lives. AACL will acknowledge Albertans and organizations from
across Alberta who have made an outstanding commitment to the inclusion
of individuals with developmental disabilities.
AACL is recognized globally for its leadership in developing innovative
and cutting edge strategies that enable individuals with developmental
disabilities to learn, find employment, develop friendships and
contribute to community. AACL has developed more inclusive
post-secondary educational opportunities in Alberta than anywhere else
in the world. AACL was the first organization to develop a partnership
with Rotary Clubs to create employment opportunities for individuals
with developmental disabilities and the first to develop to regional
family advocacy networks. To-date Rotarians have created more than 150
jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Conference will feature some of the most prominent leaders in the
field of developmental disabilities from across North America. There
will be a workshop for teachers on creating inclusive schools and
another workshop on creating employment opportunities to address the
high rate of unemployment among individuals with developmental
The closing plenary will feature married and dating couples who have
developmental disabilities sharing their experiences with love, married
life and raising children.
The Conference features free childcare, a teen club and a youth forum.
It wraps up Saturday evening with a dance and celebration for the
entire family. AACL is a family-based, registered charity supporting
thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities and
their families across Alberta for over 50 years.
SOURCE Alberta Association for Community Living
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