Breaking the ICE 2017 Conference

Breaking the ICE


October 28-29, 2017
Novotel Toronto North York
3 Park Home Avenue, North York, Ontario

I     Independence

C   Community
E    Empowerment

What is it?

Breaking the ICE is a consumer focussed conference for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

The purpose of the conference is to provide individuals who use AAC an opportunity to learn from each other, create meaningful relationships in the community, and have a platform to share ideas and feelings. 

The conference engages participants who are underserved in the community, with the goal of promoting Independence, Community inclusion, and Empowerment (ICE). 

Breaking the ICE participants

"There isn't a price one can put on the wisdom and advice Augmentative Communication users can give to each other."

Who is it for?

  • Youth and adults who use AAC
  • Friends and family of people who rely on AAC
  • Parents of young people using AAC
  • Teachers
  • Clinicians
  • Community Workers
  • Students in graduate studies

All are welcome to attend, observe, learn and network with the wide variety of people attending the conference.

Goals of Breaking the ICE Conference:

  • Provide a forum to discuss issues of importance to people who use AAC
  • Promote awareness of AAC and the interests of people who use AAC
  • Provide an opportunity for people who use AAC to network with other people of similar experiences - as a way of reducing the feelings of isolation that people who use AAC often describe


Registration is now available on the Breaking the ICE 2017 website​
REGISTER NOW - Registration deadline is September 15, 2017.

Visit Breaking the ICE 2017 website for more details.​

The 2017 Breaking the ICE Canada conference will be the eighth biennial AAC conference held in Ontario. Due to the positive impact of this conference in past years, other provinces have launched their own, similar conferences: British Columbia held their first conference in 2013, and Alberta's first conference will be held this year. Across Canada, the three conferences will be held on October 28-29, 2017.


If interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2017 Breaking the ICE Conference, please contact:

Alexis Dickson, Education and Health Promotion Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd, Toronto ON M4H 1A4
416-425-3463 x 7756

Breaking_the_ICE_Brochure_2015.pdfDownload the Breaking the ICE 2017 Sponsorship and Donation Form​​ (PDF)

Breaking_the_ICE_Brochure_2015.pdfView the 2017 Breaking the ICE Brochure (PDF)

Conference Partners and Organizing Committee

BTI and ICEwest are collaborative projects kindly supported, organized and coordinated by International Society for AAC, Canadian Chapter, MICROComputer Science Center Inc.Tobii DynavoxPACE Independent Living​, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy,  Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA), Aroga Assistive Technology, Effort Trust, Harmonize for Speech Fund, Access Independent Living Services​, Quillsoft, Ontario Trillium Foundation​ and people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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North Yorkers for Disabled Persons

We would like to thank th​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​e committee members sho consist of people who use AAC, and representatives from various agencies including those from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabiliation Hospital, Bridges Canada, Hamilton Health Sciences, Ontario's Centralized Equipment Pool for AAC, Thames Valley Children's Centre, West Park Healthcare Centre, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) and March of Dimes Canada.​


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