Community Living London is excited to present our 7th annual Building Inclusive Communities conference. For the past 6 years, we have endeavored to bring you cutting edge learning opportunities from renowned presenters based all over North America. This year is no different. Our theme is Embracing Self Discovery.

Exploring our environment, navigating life, learning by doing. These are all phrases which embrace the concept of self-discovery. In social services, it is critical that we assist people to develop a greater appreciation for the world around them and facilitate opportunities to new experiences. Whether you are a teacher, a direct support professional, or a family member, this exciting one day workshop will help you to clear a path toward self-discovery.

SPEAKERS

Peter Leidy

Peter Leidy

Peter is a consultant, speaker, and singer with a background in disability supports and community inclusion for marginalized people. He lives in Madison with his wife of 34 years. He likes to run and play Frisbee, often at the same time. Peter teaches and conducts workshops on two of his favorite topics: mindfulness and innovation through improvisation. His speaking engagements take him across the US and Canada, along with the UK and Australia.

Michael McCreary

Michael McCreary

Twenty-two year old Michael McCreary was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. At age 13, in an act of self-preservation – combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking – he began stand-up comedy. In the past 5 years he has performed stand-up shows, keynote addresses and panel presentations across Canada and the United States. He will be presenting his act “Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big?”

Rob Nicolson

LDN20070330SRautism3

Dr. Nicolson is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology, and Medical Biophysics at Western University. He is a child psychiatrist whose practice is largely devoted to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability. He is a psychiatrist in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and in the ASD program at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London. The list goes on to Rob’s countless achievements.

Arielle Bush

Arielle Bush

Arielle Bush, BFA, DTATI is the founder of Hoto Art Therapy and a professional Art Therapist providing mental health services in South Western, Ontario. Arielle offers individual art therapy to children, youth and adults as well as workshops in the community in addition to tailored presentations for businesses and organizations. Her work has focused on helping people foster emotional wellness and healthy interpersonal boundaries and relationships. She brings several years’ experience in the social and developmental services fields.

Facilitating Youth Independence

Cheryle Dupuis and Debbie Lucan started working at Community Living London 30 years ago. They have been working for the Facilitated Youth Independence program for more than a decade, assisting youth to successfully transition from high school to their adult lives, by connecting to further education, leisure opportunities, and volunteer work.