Rise Up! Inclusion BC’s conference comes to Kelowna, May 24 to 26

Inclusion BC’s annual conference is BC’s premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights – and is in Kelowna, from May 24 to 26th. This year’s event will welcome over 600 attendees and host over 45 diverse sessions and workshops focusing on timely and relevant issues facing people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Workshops, speakers and our annual general meeting will address timely issues such as employment, housing, education, community inclusion and more. Attendees include people with intellectual disabilities, family members, service providers and community allies committed to inclusion.

“We’re thrilled to host this year’s event in Kelowna. Our co-host and long-time member, Pathways Abilities Society, has been supporting people with intellectual disabilities for 65 years. Their commitment and efforts will help make this one of the best conferences yet. Conference attendees will celebrate and learn from local, provincial and international initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of individuals and the health and vitality of communities” says Danielle Kelliher, Director of Communications for Inclusion BC

More about the Conference:

Communities across BC are changing, as our schools, workplaces and public spaces reflect and respond to the needs of our increasingly diverse society. Inclusion is now a core principle in our public schools, in the places where we live and work and in the social bonds that support and strengthen us as communities.

The vision is strong and there are some great things are happening. But for too many people with intellectual disabilities, the reality is still exclusion and isolation.

Collectively, we have the answers and the power to rise up and change this. People across BC are making real progress at a grassroots level, contributing to the global inclusion movement. Join us in Kelowna, BC as we identify challenges and solutions together. Learn from the innovators, the storytellers, and from each other.

Find out all about the conference here, at Rise Up! in Kelowna, at the Delta Grand, from May 24 to 26th.



About Inclusion BC: 

Inclusion BC is a provincial federation whose members include people with intellectual disabilities, families and community agencies. Together we have led the movement away from institutions since 1955. We are dedicated to advancing rights, promoting abilities and building awareness as we work to support full citizenship for all.


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