Professor Owl’s Book Corner~ March of Dimes News Board ~ September 02, 2012

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Breaking the ICE West


Breaking the ICE West Conference

What is it?

ICE stands for Independence, Communication and Empowerment

This is a consumer-centered conference aimed at helping people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems to develop their lives to the best of their abilities.

Breaking the ICEwest is an outgrowth of the original Breaking the ICE Canada conferences held in Toronto since 2000. Those conferences were born from and inspired by the Pittsburgh Employment Conference, a consumer centred conference for augmented communicators. In 2012 a small working committee in British Columbia hosted “Island Voices”, a one-day workshop for ACC users living on Vancouver Island. These events have proven themselves to be a powerful force for change and a source of empowerment for an often marginalized group.

For more information about previous ICE Canada conferences, please visit  where you can find presentations from previous ICE conferences on topics such as: Recreation, Leisure, Travel, Marriage, Dating, Relationships, Aging with a Disability, Spirituality, Advocacy, and Independence.

Who is it for?

Youth and adults who use AAC, people who support those who use AAC, and professionals in the field of AAC are welcome to attend, observe, learn and network with the wide variety of people attending the conference.

For Information on the Ontario Breaking the ICE Conference: Breaking the ICE​

Breaking the ICEwest Conference – 2013

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2013

Location:  Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cresc, Burnaby, BC

For information on Registration:


March of Dimes Canada is excited to announce that on December 8, 2013, we will be holding the second annual OpportuniTEAS for Independence hosted by Kate Linder. The Tea will benefit March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) program, of which Kate Linder is the spokesperson. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

For more information on any of the above events – contact


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