Conference Location

The 2023 OADD Annual Conference will be hybrid; IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL!

April 19th & 20th, 2023 at the Lamplighter Inn, London Ontario

More details will be available in January 2023


Call for Abstracts:

The call for abstracts is open.

If you are an OADD member, past conference presenter or on our email distribution list you will receive a copy of the call via email – if you haven’t received a copy please contact the OADD office at to request a copy or go to the “Call for OADD Conference Abstracts” page of our website.

To join OADD click here, if membership is not for you but you would like to be added to our distribution list contact the OADD office at


Registration will open in January 2023


This is a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual registration available

In-person: Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre

591 Wellington Road South

London, ON N6C 4R3

The OADD conference has been virtual for the past two years (2021 & 2022) and these events were a great success. As we move to in-person events we will be looking at all options to make participants feel safe and comfortable and to offer options for those who are not yet ready to join in with large groups. Details about options and safe practices for in-person gatherings will be available as they are finalized. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the OADD office or Conference committee at

Conference Schedule

2023 Resetting, Reconnecting, Reconnecting: A New Way Forward.

Two years ago we waited, then pivoted to virtual service provision. We heard about changes coming to the sector through Journey to Belonging but knew it would be a slow, careful process.

One year ago we thought the pandemic was over and considered going back to the way things were but didn’t want to lose the lived experience of service providers, people in the sector and their families about the value of virtual. We were tired and tired of adapting.

Now we know that services can be delivered in a variety of ways, we know more about what the Journey to Belonging will bring and we need to look at ways to move forward. New ways that will support staff and agencies to provide in-person and virtual services, new ways that will safeguard the mental health of staff, people in the sector and their families recognizing the trauma experienced through COVID.


  • Resetting:
    • mental health and well-being
    • employee resilience
    • lived experiences
  • Reconnecting:
    • recruitment and retention
    • employment issues and concerns
    • community/inter-agency connections
  • Reimagining:
    • changes implemented to address Journey to Belonging
    • fee for service (i.e., deciding which programs & why?)
    • new programming for people and families



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