Navigating the Education System – In-Person

Free event

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

April 04, 2023 & April 28, 2023

10:00 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Join Michelle Schmidt for a free “ACT Chats” about how to effectively support inclusion in British Columbian Schools.

“ACT Chats” is a free new series of informational events, content and resources presented by ACT.

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In-PersonFree event

Last day to register is Sunday, April 2, 2023

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With over 30 years of experience in the education system, Michelle will provide insight into the relationship between BC Schools and the human rights legislation, as well as Ministry of Education and Childcare policies and practices, including inclusive education designations and ministry compliance.

This two-hour chat will go over what parents and community partners need to know about their role in schools, including participation in school-based team meetings, referrals for support services, the IEP process including meaningful consultation, the role of the case manager and integrated case management meetings.

Michelle will also review rights to full-time attendance, transportation considerations and participation on field trips. Finally, Michelle will close by discussing equity and inclusion during the time of COVID.

About the Presenter

Michelle Schmidt, PhD is the Executive Director of ACT - Autism Community Training. Prior to joining ACT in 2022, Michelle Schmidt was involved in public education in British Columbia, as an educator, school psychologist, and administrator. Most recently, Michelle served as Director of Instruction in the Surrey School District, where she was responsible for inclusive education and supports for students with diverse abilities.

ACT’s Commitment to Protecting Public Health at In-Person Events

ACT requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for all people attending this event in-person. This is to protect the health of vulnerable attendees, staff and our presenter as we will be sharing the same space for two days. We will encourage the use of masks, even if it is not a public health requirement.

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If you are feeling unwell or presenting with any symptoms of illness on the day of the event, please contact us at to receive online event attendance.

In the event public health orders will not permit in-person gatherings on April 4, 2023, all in-person registrations will be transferred to online attendance via web stream. See current BC Public Health Orders.

Workshop Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
Room 1600
515 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

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This venue is readily accessible by public transit. Visit for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus and bus routes. Please note that parking in downtown Vancouver is costly, but there are several parkades nearby.

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Event Schedule

All times are Pacific Time Zone.
9:30 am - 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Navigating the Education System

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