Meet with #CALS2021 attendees in-person at a location near you!
On October 6, 2021, get ready for a twist to the conventional virtual conference experience by attending an in-person gathering in the form of a local watch party!
This year, we are offering CALS2021 attendees the unique opportunity to attend a watch party in their local area, in a safe and comfortable setting following provincial restrictions. This add-on experience is the perfect opportunity for attendees wishing to meet other conference goers in-person, have live discussions, and enjoy a hybrid conference experience!
What is a local watch party?
A local watch party is a supported satellite event hosted in select regions across Canada for attendees to gather and participate in CALS2021 together, in person. The goal of this is to allow participants to connect locally across Canada! With a successful run of this pilot initiative, we are hoping to pave a way to remove barriers to participating in CALS as we would consider incorporating local watch parties into future in person editions of the Summit. A win-win for everyone!
What if our region still has restrictions for in-person gatherings in October?
Please follow the public health guidelines in your region. If an in-person watch party is not possible due to restrictions in your province, attendees can easily pivot to a virtual conference experience, from their homes! It is the responsibility of attendees and organizers to check and adhere to provincial guidelines before attending/hosting an in-person watch party. Final planning details will be available closer to date, to ensure that all public health guidelines in your region.
How can I attend a watch party in my city?
When registering for CALS2021 on Eventbrite, you will be prompted with the following question: I am interested in attending an in-person CALS2021 event in my region on October 6, 2021.
Conference attendees from select cities that answer “Yes” to this question will receive an e-mail from the organizer of local watch parties! So far, CALS2021 local watch parties are taking place in the following cities:
- Calgary, Alberta at the Sinneave Family Foundation
- Moncton, New Brunswick at the New Brunswick Association for Supported Services and Employment (NBASSE)
- Bowmanville, Ontario at the Autism Home Base
- Burlington, Ontario at Spero Careers Canada
- St. John’s, Newfoundland at the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
More watch party locations to come! Stay tuned!