Breaking the ICE West

Breaking the ICE West Conference 

Breaking the ICE West Conference

What is it?

ICE stands for Independence, Communication and Empowerment
This is a consumer-centered conference aimed at helping people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems to develop their lives to the best of their abilities.

Who is it for?

Youth and adults who use AAC, people who support those who use AAC, and professionals in the field of AAC are welcome to attend, observe, learn and network with the wide variety of people attending the conference.

​For Information on the Ontario Breaking the ICE Conference: Breaking the ICE​

Breaking the ICEwest Conference 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015
​Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cresc, Burnaby, BC

ICEwest Conference 2015 Registration FormClick here to download the ICEwest 2015 Conference Registration Form​
** ICEwest Registration form must be in by August 21, 2015  


8:30 – 10:00    Registration, Coffee, Welcome
10:00               Conference Starts
10:30 – 11:30  Panel Presentations with Toronto
11:30 – 12:30  Keynote Presentation – Glenda Watson Hyatt 
                            Putting the Social into Social Media – How to Make Connections Online & in Person
12:30 – 2:30     LUNCH
                             Please bring a lunch. There is a kitchen facility with a microwave and stove.
2:30 – 4:00       Town Hall Meeting "Making Social Connections"
4:00 – 4:30       Wind up, Group Photo, Conference Ends

Grants and Scholarships at Breaking the ICE 

Breaking the ICE ISAAC Travel Grant 

​Be sure to apply for the ISAAC Travel Grant. Successful applicants will be awarded the grants at the conference. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applicants, monies available, and applicants’ identified financial needs.

** Applications must be submitted to Tracy Hunt by August 28, 2015 

ICEwest 2015 Travel Grant 

You can ALSO apply for the ICEwest 2015 Travel Grant. Just like ISAAC Travel Grant, successful applicants will be awarded the grants at the conference and the grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applicants, monies available, and applicants’ identified financial needs.

** Applications must be submitted to Lois Turner by September 12, 2015

Anne Warrick Breaking the Ice Conference Scholarship

ISAAC Canada is excited to announce a new scholarship acknowledging Anne Warrick‟s hard work, dedication, and many contributions to AAC and to ISAAC in Canada and globally. Anne devoted more than 50 years of her life to helping physically disabled children overcome speech and language difficulties. This scholarship was officially announced at the 2014 ISAAC Conference in Lisbon, Portugal during our ISAAC Canada meeting. ISAAC Canada has committed $1500 to start the scholarship fund and others are able to donate to the scholarship fund if they wish. Currently, members are able to donate to the scholarship fund when renewing their yearly ISAAC Canada memberships.

Anne_Warrick_BTI_Scholarship_Information.pdfLearn if you qualify for the Anne Warrick Breaking the ICE Scholarship

Anne_Warrick_BTI_Scholarship_Application_Form.pdfDownload and fill out the Anne Warrick Breaking the ICE Scholarship Application Form 

** Applications must be submitted to Tracy Hunt by August 28, 2015 ​

Reflections on ICEwest 2014 Conference

ICEwest 2013 brought together 20 people who use AAC, their attendants and volunteers, to the second gathering of its kind in British Columbia. The delegates explored the theme of “Celebrating Change” via individual morning presentations and an afternoon Town Hall session. This event would not have happened without the kind support of John and Dana Montalbano, Communication Assistance for Youth & Adults, March of Dimes Canada, Jan & Philip Dunn, Bridges and the ISAAC. The Committee has started organizing for ICEwest 2015 and all are looking forward to the second biennial event. 

ICEwest2013 Min Presenting  ICEwest 2013 Town Hall  ICEwest 2013 Town Hall Facilitators Ashleigh Derek

ICEwest Testimonials

Randy - ICEwest participant“I want to show people that no matter their difficulties in communicating, it's worth the effort to be able to communicate your thoughts to the world.”
ICEwest participant, Rand

Whitney - ICEwest participant“ICEwest was a great opportunity to make some new connections. I really liked the theme of Making Friends and Connections through using our augmentative speech devices. It was interesting to hear what others had to say about their experiences. It was fun for my friend and I to travel together to Vancouver, stay overnight in a hotel, and have a blast before the conference!”
ICEwest participant, Whitney

Conference Partners

ICEwest ia a collaborative project kindly supported, organized and coordinated by Aroga, Bridges Canada, CAYA (Communication and Assistance for Youth and Adults BC), DynaVox, March of Dimes Canada and people who use augmentative and alternative communication.

MODC_Color_bilingual-01.jpg                   Caya Logo
Bridges Logo                  ISAAC bilingual logo

Thanks to our Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

John & Dana Montalbano​

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

Aroga Technologies Tobii Dynavox
Daedalus Technologies​

Gifts in Kind 

Sponsorship opportunities still available

ICEwest Conference 2015 Travel Grant ApplicationClick here to view the ICEwest 2015 Sponsorship Brochure​​​ 

For more information, please call 1-800-263-3463 and ask about ICEWest.

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