ICE Canada Conference 2005

Independence, Community and Empowerment (ICE) is hosting its 2nd conference for adults using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), from April 8-10 at the Toronto Marriott Hotel.    This year’s theme is “Living Well: Beyond Existing.”  Key topics include:    Recreation/ Leisure/ Travel Sexuality/ Marriage/ Dating/ Relationships Aging with a Disability Spirituality/ Death/ Grieving Advocacy/ Rights/ Independence   Ice Canada 2005 is the follow-up to the inaugural conference from 2002. The first ICE conference welcomed 136 participants, including 38 AAC consumers.   ICE was inspired by the Pittsburgh Employment Conference, a biennial, consumer-centred conference for augmented communicators. It is considered a powerful force for change, and a source of empowerment for consumers with disabilities, especially those who use AAC-related devices.   The ICE conference committee includes AAC consumers, members of Speaking Differently, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, Ontario March of Dimes, and clinicians from Ontario’s AAC Clinics.