Conversations on Community, Inclusion, & Disability . Join us in Antigonish,  August 5-9th!

Conversations on Community, Inclusion, & Disability. Join us in Antigonish, August 5-9th!

 Join us!

Join us at St. Francis Xavier University as we mark the 50th anniversary of L’Arche in Canada with a week of learning and celebration. The theme of our anniversary year is “Celebrate The Gift”, and that’s just what we plan to do!

What’s happening?

We are bringing together a diverse group of participants – leaders and scholars in the disability field, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, educators, family members, and others passionate about building inclusive communities. We will learn, celebrate, and share our ideas and experiences on the themes of inclusion, diversity, community, and social change.

The week includes presentations from leaders in the disability field, sessions by academics and self-advocates, collaborative art, small group storytelling sessions, experience in the local Celtic culture, and so much more! Each evening will feature a public event – a evening of short films, an open mic and disability market, and a traditional East Coast ceilidh. See the schedule for more details!

a model of inclusion

This week has something for everyone, and everyone is welcome! Facilitation is by people with and without intellectual disabilities, in keeping with the L’Arche values of relationship and inclusion. Plenary sessions will include ASL interpretation, simultaneous graphic interpretation, and plain language handouts. Sessions will include a mix of hands-on, experiential sessions, academic presentations, storytelling, and open spaces for relationship building and networking.

don’t miss it!

“Celebrate The Gift” is an event not to be missed! Come for one day, or the whole week, and join us as we CELEBRATE THE GIFT of community, relationship, and inclusion. Let’s amplify the voices and contributions of people who are often marginalized as we integrate the academic and first person experience of disability.