YIA Atlantic 2016


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Youth In Action Atlantic was held August 19-21, in Moncton, New Brunswick. As the lead organization, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, in partnership with the New Brunswick Disability Executives’ Network and the New Brunswick Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, hosted this three day summit, funded by Government of New Brunswick and TD.


The event brought together teens and young adults across all disabilities and all Atlantic provinces – and Quebec too. Sixty youth aged 14 to 30 stepped out of their comfort zone to explore post-secondary and career options. #YIAAtlantic was both interactive and informative!

Educational sessions, panel discussions and social events peppered the schedule of the conference. Atlantic Canadian universities and education agencies were on hand at Friday’s Post-Secondary Education Expo, while local supports and resources joined the mix at Saturday’s Community Supports Marketplace. #YIAAtlantic’s engaging agenda and resource-rich environment provided strong encouragement for those in attendance to continue to learn, expand their horizons, and build a system of supports. Peer networking, in the form of a dance party, was the cherry on top of a wonderful weekend!

MDC Ambassador Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli brought his No Excuses, No Limits motto to the dance floor and the podium, and Canadian television legend Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) shared her stance on advocacy for mental health and addiction. Our friend Maayan Ziv was on hand to lend her perspective on accessibility, technology, and blazing your own path. See the full list of amazing speakers participating at #YIAatlantic

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