2014 Leadership Exchange conference

Saturday, February 8, 2014, the University of Calgary office of Leadership and Student Engagement presents the annual leadership conference, the Leadership Exchange. This conference is designed to allow participants to build leadership skills and engage in discussions around leadership with peers and other members of the U of C community, and is appropriate for current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students at the University.

For more information, and to register, visit the Leadership Exchange website.

Leadership Exchange Conference

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, the University of Calgary’s 2013 Leadership Exchange will take place. This event brings together students from across the campus community to share experiences, discuss innovative ideas, and further build a culture of leadership, where each University of Calgary student can live up to his or her potential.

The theme of this year’s event is “Uncommon Energy: A New Generation of Leaders.” The Keynote Speaker is Jessi Cruickshank, former face of MTV Canada and long-time Canadian ambassador for non-profit organization Free the Children. Jessi will encourage attendees to see beyond the MTV world and discover the power each holds to create positive change.

The event will also feature speaker panels on leadership in the arts, business, social justice and sustainability, arts and healthcare.

Registration is free.

Jonathan Mooney at Red Deer College

On Friday, February 22, 2013, renowned author and neuro-diversity activity Jonathan Mooney will be speaking at the Learning Inclusion Conference at Red Deer College.

Jonathan’s talk is called Re-Drawing the Lines: Neurodiversity: A Compass to a Changing World. Here is the description:

Welcome to a new world, where the good kid doesn’t sit still. A world where some of the smartest kids in the class don’t read well or don’t read at all. A world where the popular kids don’t make eye contact, don’t shake hands, and definitely don’t back slap. And where a Swedish design company hires people with Asperger’s syndrome—not as charity, but because this company believes programmers with Asperger’s make superior employees. 

Renowned author and neuro-diversity activist Jonathan Mooney vividly, humorously and passionately brings to life this wonderful world of neuro-diversity: the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education.  Explaining the latest theories, Jonathan helps teachers and parents redefine what it is for students in the 21st century to think, learn and be successful. 

Jonathan has two sessions: 12:30-1:45 and 2:15-3:30. Both sessions are open and free of charge.

The conference website has more information on this session and others.

Transition to Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, representatives from a variety of Calgary post-secondary institutions – the University of Calgary, SAIT, Bow Valley College, Mount Royal University, and more – will gather at St. Mary’s University College to speak about the transition to post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

The poster for the 2013 Transitions event has full details.

CSUN 2012 Great Big List

DRC Assistive Services Coordinator Rob Blake recently returned from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Centre on Disabilities Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, held this year in the top-notch city of San Diego, California.

To call the CSUN Conference massive would be something of an understatement. The conference brings together students, administrators, software developers, accessibility experts, the major assistive technology companies (including Ai Squared, Cambium Learning Technologies, and Freedom Scientific) and lots and lots of service dogs (one of the best things about the conference, in my opinion).

Luckily, Christopher Philips at curbcut.net has given us the Great Big List – a collection of people, ideas, presentations, and other resources from CSUN 2012.

The list is an awesome resource for anyone interested in assistive technology, web accessibility, universal design, and disability – if that includes you, have a (long) look.