Accessibility Conference

The next VAD Conference will be in 2020.  See you then.  Watch for updates and news on our social media and our website.

Check out the video about our first conference last October.

Together, We HOLD The Power! Accessibility Conference & Fall Forum

October 18 & 19, 2018

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities is proud to have hosted its first Accessibility Conference and Forum! The conference and forum was a two day dialogue and information exchange, featuring an evening reception with a keynote speaker,  daytime workshops, information tables and presentations. 

The audience went on a journey of topics that pertain to the theme “Together, We Hold the Power!” The purpose of the conference and forum was to showcase where and how the community is moving forward toward inclusion and accessibility in Canadian society. A focus will be on action, strategies and tools that could be used.

  • Date: October 18 & 19
  • Location: Radisson Hotel - 4520 76 Avenue, Edmonton
  • Watch for updates on twitter. #VADConference2018

Thursday October 18


      • Challenging the Status Quo, Patricia Pasemko - On Site Placement

Patricia P from OSP

Accessible Canada Act - Steven Etsey

Steven E from CCD


Sylvia C from Tamarack Institute

Exploring the Collective Impact Opportunity

      • Tamarack Institute - Sylvia Cheuy

Starry NightSchizophrenia Society of Alberta

      • Starry Night was originally created in 1998, written by a group of individuals living with schizophrenia who shared their stories. Due to the popularity and powerful impact of the first performance over 20 years ago, the program has grown and continues to be presented to a variety of audiences and conferences across Alberta.

        The goal of the play is to help break down the stigma and misconceptions about schizophrenia. What is most unique about this experience is that all of the cast members who perform are living with schizophrenia or a related disorder. While everyone has difficult moments in life, we also experience moments of joy and happiness - this play aims to reflect that. Following the play there will be a question and answer period, where we encourage you to ask questions to our cast members about their personal experiences.

Starry Night by Schizophrenia Society of Alberta


  • Conference Room A had ASL interpreters & Closed Captioning available
  • Conference Room B had a Loop System in place

Marilyn R Opening Song

  • Collective Impact: Moving from Theory to Action
      • Tamarack Institute -Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia C from Tamarack Institute

  • Universal Design: Creating an Accessible and Age-friendly Edmonton
      • Zachary Weeks & Crystal Jones - AAC

Crystal J & Zachary W from AAC

  • Built Environment & Accessibility
      • Ron Wickman - Architect 

Ron W

  • Working Lunch 
  • Taking Action: What We Learned at Our Self-Advocacy Summit
      • Albertans Advocating for Change Together

Heath B & Tarrah P

      • iVAD Representative

iVAD Reps

  • Alberta Parks: Making Alberta Parks More Inclusive for Persons with a Disability
      • Leah Whyte & Mary Salvani- Alberta Parks

Leah W & Mary S

  • Online Care Provider Training – an asset for those on “Self-Managed or Family Managed Care”
      • Teren Clarke - Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

Teren C

Bill c-81 Accessible Canada Act Panel

      • A selection of panelists 
        • Hon. Randy Boissonnault - LIB, MP
        • Hon. Mike Lake, PC, MP
        • Maigan van der Giessen, John Humphreys Centre
        • Steven Etsey, CCD

Bill C-81 Panel

  • Conference Room B
  • Human Rights – Duty to Accommodate
      • Sushila Samy

Sushila S

Congratulations to the following Door Prize Winners:

Hand-rolled Bees Wax Candles:

  1. Kimberley M
  2. Sean B
  3. Kelly I
  4. Herb F

Grand Prize winner of the limited Edition Print:

Christina R

Marilyn  & Mackenzie

Presentation Notes

AACT Presentation

Sylvia Chuey Tamarack Presentation

Leah Whyte & Mary Salvani Presentation Alberta Park

Ron Wickman Presentation

Sushila Samy Presentation

Transcription of Thursday

Transcription of Friday


Thank you to Edmonton Community Foundation for your sponsorship.

Edmonton Community Foundation

Thank you to Construction & General Workers’ Union Local No 92 for your sponsorship!

Thank you to the CHHA-Calgary chapter for sponsoring the Closed Captioning  (CART) Costs!

Thank you to CNIB for their sponsorship!

Thank you to Spinal Cord Injury- Alberta for their Delegate Sponsorships!

Thank you to the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center for your Ramp sponsorship.

Thank you to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton for the Loop sponsorship.

Thank you to the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association for the sponsorship.

Congratulations to On Site Placement for winning the sponsorship contest - they will be sponsoring a coffee break Friday morning.

Delegates Ian Y & Marie R

Michael, Maureen, Allyson, Meloney, Lee

Raise your hand...

Maureen M

Interactive Session

Meloney P