International Conferences

As recognition of its international involvement, Parkland CLASS has been invited to present at a number of conferences in North, Central, and South America. Parkland’s rationale in participating in international conferences is two-fold.

Firstly, it provides an opportunity to share the fundamental values and beliefs that are critical to increased community inclusion and the advancement of the status and rights of disabled children and adults in developing nations.

Secondly, it provides an opportunity to identify future international partners while at the same time encouraging other North American organizations to become involved internationally in support of the Montreal Declaration.

The following represents Parkland CLASS’s key International Conference presentations:


  • Service Delivery in a Cross Cultural Context at the AAMR (American Association on Mental Retardation) International Conference, in Orlando Florida, 2003.
  • Supporting Disability Rights in Latin America at the YAI International Conference, in New York, New York, 2004.
  • The Self-advocate Journey at the AMIA (Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina) International Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005.
  • The ITINERIS Project – Promoting a New Paradigm of Intellectual Disability, at the Asociacion AMAR Desarrollamos Capacidades’ Ibero-American International Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005.
  • International Partnerships – Advancing the Status of Intellectually Disabled Adults in Latin America at the International Summit for the Alliance on Social Inclusion” in Montreal, Canada, 2006.
  • The Advancement of Community Services and Individual Rights at the Foro Pro Congress - Jornadas Prestacionales - 25 Years of Building Together in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006.
  • Organizational Growth and Development within the Non-Profit Sector, at the University of San Andreas, Faculty of Economics, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006.
  • International Partnerships Supporting the Montreal Declaration, at the World Congress of Inclusion International, Acapulco, Mexico, 2006.