Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Kamloops)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Deborah Pugh
Executive Director, ACT - Autism Community Training

Sandman Signature Kamloops, Kamloops, BC

Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Kamloops)

You can also register by calling us or mail our print form (pdf) .

Level Introductory/Intermediate
For Family members and community professionals interested in supporting parents
Focus Age-span
Autism-specific? No

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About the Event

Convincing decision-makers that a child with special needs has special challenges requiring individualized accommodation can be very challenging for parents – especially since they are often still grappling with their child’s diagnosis and understanding systems of service delivery. This day will help families better understand how to effectively and positively advocate for their children - regardless of their child’s specific special need. Most examples will be drawn from the B.C. education system; however, basic advocacy strategies relevant in other systems will be addressed in order to empower parents to gain confidence by understanding their roles, rights and responsibilities.

About the Presenter

Deborah Pugh has been actively engaged in advocacy within the autism community on both a provincial and national level for the past 20 years.  She is the former Executive Director of the Autism Society of B.C. and the founder of ACT - Autism Community Training. She has helped hundreds of families successfully advocate for their children.

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 10:45 Session 1
10:45 - 11:00 Morning break (light snacks will be served)
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch (a light lunch will be provided)
1:15 - 2:30 Session 3


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends August 26th, 2015 $65 $80
Regular Rate ends September 23rd, 2015 $85 $100
Late Rate begins September 24th, 2015 $115 $130


ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration in the form of reduced registration fees. Please read Bursary Information. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office ( for more information. ACT provided over $27,000 in bursaries in 2016 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
More Autism Funding Information >

Workshop Location

Sandman Signature Kamloops
Savona Room
225 Lorne Street
Kamloops, BC

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The Sandman Signatures Kamloops hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Kamloops on Lorne Street between Second and Third Avenue. 

Hotel Information

The workshop venue, the Sandman Signatures Kamloops, is offering ACT workshop guests a special rate of $131.00 per night plus taxes, with a complimentary upgrade to a Signature King Suite. 

Please call the Sandman Signatures at 250-377-7263 to make a reservation, and quote group number 35286.