OADD Workshops – Fall 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.


REGISTRATION is open!


Mindfulness Research for Caregivers

Re-Scheduled to:

October 21st, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Sue Hutton

The CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre has been supporting caregivers of autistic adults through a mindfulness-based program called Coping with Stress for several years. Alongside this program our research team, led by Dr. Yona Lunsky, has been studying how mindfulness can help caregivers cope with stress.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit stress multiplied for caregivers, suddenly either without access to their family member with a disability due to visitation bans or with their family member at home with no day programs or support workers. The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre immediately offered a number of programs, including drop-in mindfulness sessions and COVID-19 information sessions, to help with the stress. But we know, there is plenty more to do. 

Attend our session to learn how the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre pivoted to support caregivers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice some mindfulness with us and hear our Caregiver Advisor’s perspective on what families need most during times like the pandemic.

Participants will come away with:

  • Knowledge of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre program and what it offers for caregivers
  • An understanding of Mindfulness as a tool for caregivers
  • Some practical mindfulness tools for coping with stress for caregivers

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

To register: Click here


Health, Wellness & Post-Pandemic Reality – A Workshop for Leaders

Thursday Sept 9th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Cheryl Farrugia & Lina Baccarella, CLF Inspired Leadership

This session is designed for leaders of the organization to explore pre and post pandemic realities, anxiety, and wellness.

How did the changes we made during COVID impact our teams?

How well prepared are we to manage and cope with post-pandemic anxiety?

Join us while we explore strategies and tools to prioritize health and wellness and build resilient teams. Presented by: clfinspiredleadership.ca

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

To register: click here


Health, Wellness & Post-Pandemic Reality – A Workshop for Staff

Thursday Sept 23rd, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenters: Cheryl Farrugia & Lina Baccarella, CLF Inspired Leadership

This session is designed for employees at every level to explore pre and post pandemic realities, anxiety, and wellness.

How did the changes imposed on us during COVID impact our wellness?

How well prepared are we to manage and cope with post-pandemic anxiety?

Join us while we explore strategies and tools to prioritize health and wellness as we emerge into a new reality. Presented by: clfinspiredleadership.ca

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

To register: click here


More workshops will be available through the fall and winter. Please check back.