Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ 9 June 2014


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Breaking the ICEwest

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 centered 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, and 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​


 Bell presents March of Dimes Canada's Ability and Beyond Gala


Acquired Brain Injury Conference

“Discovering You”

12th Annual Acquired Brain Injury Conference

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Brain injury doesn’t just affect individuals, it affects families and friends. This conference is designed for individuals who have survived a brain injury as well as their family supports and /or caregivers.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn 20 Fairview Road, Barrie, Ontario
Cost $20 per person (includes lunch)


Registrants can attend one of the following sessions:

Session for Survivors of ABI

  • Dr. Tim Feeney Ph. D. will discuss “Identity after Brain Injury” Tim is an engaging and funny speaker. He is a world-renowned expert on TBI and behavioural issues.
  • Survivor guest speakers will offer inspiration and beneficial strategies for living life after brain injury
  • Community Services will offer exhibits and information

Session for Family Members /Caregivers

  • Caron Gan RN, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Clinical Traumatologist, will discuss “Seven Highly Effective Habits for Families Living with the Effects of Brain Injury”
  • Community resources will offer exhibits and information

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Corey

1-800-567-0315 ext.6290​



Living with a Disability Conference Kingston

Wednesday June 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(Registration at 9:15 a.m.)

St. Lawrence College – Davies Hall 100 Portsmouth Avenue Kingston, Ontario

Living with a Disability Conference Kingston June 18 2014 

 Sessions will include information on:

  • Stroke recovery
  • Strategies to prevent falling
  • Safety in the home
  • Access to services and supports
  • March of Dimes Canada programs and services information
  • Display Booths and MUCH MORE!

Admission Fee:   (Includes parking, lunch, refreshments and materials)

$12 Attendees​

$25 Health Professionals

View LWDC event day schedule pdfView Living with a Disability Kingston Conference Brochure​



Space is limited so register now!


If you have any questions, please contact:

Xilonem Lopez

1-800-263-3463 ext.7209​

For more information on any of these events ~ please visit




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Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. • • • Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.

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