CAWS 6th National Family Conference
Start date: 3 August, 2017
End date: 6 August, 2017
On August 3,4,5,6, 2017 we are organizing the 6th National Family conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario. We are a non-profit organization fully operated by volunteers in order to offer the support for our 500 families across Canada. We are seeking financial support for our family conference.
We would like you to consider supporting this initiative and contributing financially to its success. Your grant money will assist us to bring our Canadian and International leaders in the field of research and care of individuals with Williams Syndrome to the conference. Donations of one thousand dollars or greater will include your company name and logo on all conference brochures, t-shirts and banners. All donations are very much appreciated and gratefully received. Charitable tax receipts will be given for all donations. Our charitable registration number is 9205516RR0001.
Nature of the Project Reach
It will be supporting all medical/professional, parents and families of individuals with Williams Syndrome from each province across Canada come together to learn, share and participate in research of Williams Syndrome.
CAWS goals are:
• To support research into educational, behavioural, social and medical aspects of Williams syndrome.
• To increase society’s awareness of CAWS so individuals with Williams syndrome and their families have a resource available to them.
• To become visible to the medical scientific, educational and professional communities by providing information on Williams syndrome.
These combined goals will improve the inclusion of individuals with Williams Syndrome into society and help to educate society as a whole.
We exist to advance and assist education, research and knowledge of the medical condition described as Williams syndrome and to participate in research projects and efforts to assist those with WS in achieving full status in the community with our schools, employment and housing.
The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome will host their 6th National Family Conference, August 3-6 in Toronto, Ontario to bring together families and individuals with Williams Syndrome (WS), medical professionals and educational professionals. The conference will include presenters both nationally and internationally who will present information on this very rare syndrome. Sessions will address the extraordinary and necessary contributions of families to achieving an inclusive community, provide an opportunity to learn about the strategies and best practices in the area of inclusive education, learn early intervention skills, participate in Music Therapy workshops and hear and discuss the latest research and discoveries being done in Canada as well as internationally. The conference will improve awareness of WS to build capacity in families and give families knowledge to bring back to their communities to build partnerships and capacity to removing barriers to inclusion. Added knowledge in the research area will be shared so that families and professionals can use the information to benefit individuals with William syndrome to lead a more productive and healthy life. Even though the event will be focused around individuals with Williams syndrome, the conference has the potential to reach and network with many more areas within the realm of disability issues. The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome (CAWS) is a non-profit organization providing support and assistance to families with a child affected by Williams syndrome. CAWS has provincial contacts in order to meet the Association’s mission and goals. CAWS actively supports research into educational, social and medical aspects of the syndrome. Williams syndrome is a very rare genetic syndrome resulting in micro deletions in Chromosome # 7. TARGET: The national Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome (CAWS) event will target individuals who live with Williams syndrome, their families, physicians, educators and researchers within Canada and internationally and may include individuals associated with organizations such as the Canadian Association for Community Living, Learning Disabilities Association, and other related disability organizations.