Professional Recognition Award: OADD’s Professional Recognition Award is presented to an individual who, through his/her professional interaction with individuals with developmental disabilities, has contributed significantly to their integration within the community.
Dr. Huggins has been working with individuals with pervasive developmental disorders over the last decade and has been working on what is called ‘The Universal Diagnostic & Treatment Behaviour Control Model.
Media Award: For heightening public awareness of the potential and achievements of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Helen Henderson writes on disability issues for the Life section of the Toronto Star. Her column is consistently well-researched, to-the-point, and informative.
Staff Recognition Award: OADD’s Staff Recognition Award is presented to an individual who is employed by an agency funded to provide services to those with developmental disabilities who, as a professional, has contributed significantly to better understanding of, or enhanced the well being of, those with developmental disabilities.
Mr. Dale Munro is the recipient of this year’s staff recognition award. Dale has a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a clinical supervisor and therapist with Regional Support Associates in Woodstock. He has been a social worker and counsellor with individuals with a developmental disability and their families for over 29 years.
Directors’ Awards of Excellence: For an OADD member who has made, or is making, a very substantial and extensive contribution to the direction, leadership and promotion of OADD.
Rebecca Renwick, Shaune Lawton
Kay Sansom Scholarships: The awards, one each at the college, university undergraduate, and university graduate level, are granted to individuals who have a proven interest in the field. As such, the award must be used to pursue full time study in a recognized program associated with a professional discipline related to developmental disabilities.
Graduate student: Jennifer Nachshen
Jennifer is completing her doctoral studies with the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University and is particularly interested in parents? empowerment within the school system. Jennifer is also the Chair of the Special Research Interest Group at OADD.
Undergraduate student: Julia Frei
Julia is completing her bachelor degree in Biology at Queen?s. Next year, Julia will be working on a protocol for diagnosing individuals with Fragile X syndrome as part of her Molecular Biology undergraduate thesis.
College student: Kristine LeDuc
Kristine is in the final year (Honours) of the Child and Youth Worker Program at Algonquin College. She has a keen interest in pursuing academic goals of obtaining a Bachelors in Social Work and Masters in Psychology, to provide her with the skills necessary to provide counseling services to persons with a developmental disability.