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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 (AACsystems 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

Registration: Please fill out the registration form below:

Breaking the ICEwest Conference 2013 Registration Form

Read Breaking the ICEwest 2013 Information Flyer

ICEWest Travel Grant Application 2013

ICEwest ISAAC Travel Gr​​ant Application 2013

Breaking the ICEwest Conference – 2013

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2013

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


Please call 1-800-263-3463 and ask about ICEWest

 ​​View YouTube video CBC “Here and Now” talks with Nola Millin and Nora Rothschild about Breaking the ICE Conference 2013 Toronto


For more information ~Please contact

Living with a Disability Conferences


Living with a Disability Conferences connect consumers and health professionals with services in the their community.

The conference has been offered as a part of Peer Support Services, a Program of March of Dimes Canada, since 2009 and continues to grow. We have organised approximately 20 to 25 different conferences, in conjunction with several different partners, at various locations across Canada.

The conferences not only emphasizes the services that are readily available in the community, it also highlights the potential gaps and enables committee organisations to potentially develop solutions to address the growing need for community care. Follow up conferences have been offered in several locations as a result of the demand for additional services or topics.

Currently the Peer Support Department at March of Dimes Canada is organising conferences at the following locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia, PEI (city to be determined), Newfoundland (city to be determined), Kingston, Ontario, Windsor, Ontario, Sarnia, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver BC.

Upcoming Conferences
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Tuesday October 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Murchison Centre
17 St. Pius X Avenue
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Please find more information in the flyer below:

Thriving with a Disability – Health and Wellness Information Day – Charlottetown 2013

Regina, Saskatchewan – Wednesday October 9, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Quality Inn
1717 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan

Please find more information in the aphasia-friendly flyer below:

Living with a Disability – Regina, Saskatchewan 2013
Newmarket, Ontario – Friday October 18, 2013

Newmarket Community Centre
200 Doug Duncan Drive
Newmarket, ON

Please find more information in the flyer below:

Living with a Disability Conference – York Region 2013

​​​​ For more details, please visit