2018 CLO Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: 2018 Conference

Not long ago, it was commonplace in rural Ontario to have members of the community come together to help build a family’s barn. It took not only many hands to accomplish the seemingly monumental task, but also people with different skills and abilities.

People who have an intellectual disability, families and community agencies are connecting like never before and taking active roles in meaningful community-building projects, with the purpose of building a society where everyone belongs, not unlike barn raisings.

It’s in the spirit of community collaboration that Community Living Ontario invites people to be a part of The Barn Raising: Coming Together to Achieve Community Goals. We look forward to connecting with friends and allies of the Community Living movement from September 12th to the 14th, 2018 at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill.

We are currently accepting proposals from speakers, thought leaders and collaborators for workshops, presentations and panel discussions on how to actively and effectively engage with our communities to address unmet needs, to challenge the status quo, and to build on integrated approaches that better our communities. Areas or topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Self-determination initiatives that support and promote people taking ownership of their lives, including health and wellness, relationships, citizenship, and self-employment;
  • Families coming together around issues that promote a good life for their loved one;
  • Employment options that showcase best practices for hiring, for job readiness, and for facilitating opportunities for career advancement beyond entry-level positions;
  • Partnerships involving youth and youth groups that inspire self-confidence, self-discovery and leadership among young people;
  • Housing options, strategies or collaborations that lead to homes of people’s own choosing;
  • Educational strategies and innovative approaches that facilitate inclusive classroom learning for all students;
  • Community participation that promotes engagement with our neighbours and the development of new relationships;
  • Use of technology and creative supports that enable people to participate actively in their community.

Click here to apply online.

Please note registration for the conference will open in mid-April. Hotel reservations are now available and can be made online by clicking here or by calling the Sheraton Parkway’s reservation line at 1-800-668-0101. Ask for the group code COM911 or mention Community Living Ontario to receive the group rates.

Do you know someone that would like to sponsor or exhibit at this year’s conference? Click here to view the exhibitor page.

If you have any questions regarding workshops or workshop submissions, please contact Ron Laroche, rlaroche@communitylivingontario.ca, 416-447-4348, ext. 223.

The deadline to submit your workshop proposal or idea for a panel discussion is Friday, March 30, 2018. Please note that proposals involving collaboration with community groups or other stakeholders are strongly encouraged.