OADD Workshops – 2021

2021 is virtual

In addition to the OADD Virtual Conference Wednesday April 21st, 2021 the OADD will be hosting virtual workshops throughout the year.

Workshops will address a variety of topics of interest to people working and/or studying in the field of developmental disabilities. For a full list of workshops, dates and links to register see below.

OADD members get a reduced rate for the workshops which can be accessed using a discount code. The discount code is being sent to current members via email. If you did not receive an email and believe you are a member contact the OADD via email at oadd@oadd.org or check to see if your agency has an Organizational or Patron membership. If not consider a $15 General Membership for yourself, the saving are significant.


Please note the workshop scheduled for January 21st, Individualized Behavioural Healthcare for Adults with Genetic Disorders has been cancelled.


Navigating the Justice Process for Persons with Developmental Disabilities using a Hybrid Modality

Thursday February 4th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Vicky Simos M.ads, BCBA, Courtney Hutson BA, MA, Marnie McDermott MSW

As a result of the State of Emergency in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator’s (DDJC) service delivery adapted to a telehealth modality. The DDJC provides cross-sector partnerships; assistance in navigating the court system and provides education across all sectors on how to better support individuals with developmental disabilities who have come in contact with the justice system.  Courts across the province of Ontario have transitioned most court appearances from in person court to virtual court via ZOOM. Thus, the traditional role of the DDJC had to adapt to this change in service delivery to a virtual platform of support. In Central East Region, the DDJC also assists individuals to prepare for all aspects of their court matters using a biopsychosocial approach and principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) when needed. In turn, ABA programming also shifted from in person to virtual service delivery. The virtual support offered by the DDJC will be examined and highlighted in case examples. 

Cost: $50 for OADD members, $75 for non-members

To register: registration link


Respecting Rights: What about my right to service during the pandemic?

Thursday February 18th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Veronique DiLoreto, Sue Hutton, Kerri Joffe

Surviving the pandemic has been challenging for all of us. We know that people labelled with intellectual disabilities have increased risk of contracting Covid-19, and struggle with access to accessible information about Covid-19.
Self-advocates at Respecting Rights were in the middle of a province wide evaluation project about decision making rights called My Voice, My Choice when the pandemic hit. Like the rest of the world, the project had to pivot to video format. However, for most self-advocates that didn’t work. Self-advocates shared many stories about how their services changed during the pandemic.
From visitation bans in group homes, to not being able to bring a support person to hospitals, to losing their day programs and much needed social supports, this is a community that has been hard hit by the pandemic.
Hear self-advocates share their perspective on how planning left them behind, with ARCH lawyers & social workers speaking about the work of Respecting Rights during the pandemic. People with disabilities deserve better than what they have been given.

Cost: $50 for OADD members, $75 for non-members

To register: registration link


From Homeless to Housed: The Bridges to Housing Project

Thursday March 4th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Glen Snyder, Jo Connelly, Judy Verseghy

In 2016 a number of organizations (Inner City Family Health Team, the City of Toronto, DSO-TR, CL Toronto, and Family Service Toronto) came together as the Bridges to Housing project to identify and house individuals with developmental disabilities who were experiencing homelessness.

Adopting a modified ‘housing first’ philosophy, Bridges to Housing seeks to provide individualized supports to 25 clients via a multidisciplinary team including an adult protective service worker, occupational therapist, behaviour therapist, peer support worker, DSO application assessor, Passport coordinator, case managers, and a primary health care team.

Previous evaluations indicated improvements in quality of life and reduction of needs (Kron et al., 2018) and proposed expansion of the clinical team to include behavioural and occupational therapy supports (Lamana et al., 2017). Now that Bridges is well established, Surrey Place is working on evaluating the program by:

  • Building comprehensive client profiles
  • Clarifying the program logic
  • Assessing if the previous client gains are being maintained, and
  • Assessing if outcomes not addressed in the previous evaluation are being achieved in the areas of functioning, health and mental health.

In this session we will describe the Bridges to Housing Project and its clients in detail, present on the evaluation, discuss issues related to IDD and homelessness, and the ways in which support has changed since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. Participants can expect to leave with a more robust understanding of the intersections of homelessness and developmental disability, and ideas regarding addressing the needs of this vulnerable client population.

Cost: $50 for OADD members, $75 for non-members

To register: registration link 


Supporting Youth Transitions: Respecting Dignity, Fulfilling Dreams

Thursday March 18th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Sara Ropp, Lourdes Toro, Joanne Young

Supporting Youth Transitions: Respecting Dignity, Fulfilling Dreams is a research project, facilitated between four support agencies and the University of Guelph.  It focuses on a vision of moving forward in best practices in supporting youth as they transition from Children’s Services to Adult Services.  In this session you will learn about the background of the project, as well as the results spoken directly from youth and those supporting them.  You will also hear the recommendations and suggested best practices that came from those involved in research project.  Come and learn about this community centered initiative that brings service providers together in a wrap-around model of support to meet the youth where they need it most.

Cost: $50 for OADD members, $75 for non-members

To register: registration link


More workshops will be available after the conference in April. Please check back.