OADD Workshops – May to July 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.


Remaining Social: Working and Learning during Quarantine

Thursday May 20th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Shany Biran, Kimberley Taylor, Danielle Woodyatt, Ana Santo & Dilraj Pama

Quarantine and lock-down due to COVID-19 has impacted all of us including those individuals with developmental disabilities. This has resulted in the closure and/or termination of many programs, jobs and supports provided to this population. This presentation will explore four examples in which we were able to pivot from traditional in-person services to providing these services through video-conferencing. Presenters will discuss how the following: Building Social Confidence Through Games, Choir, LEAP (Lived Experience Accelerator Program) and Adult Sexuality Group were offered virtually, including the difficulties, successes and how we plan on taking what we’ve learned into the future, post-pandemic.

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

To register: Click here

Lessons Learned and Resilience during COVID-19

Thursday June 3rd, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Shelley Murphy

Join us for an interactive workshop to enhance the recognition of potential, resiliency and change using real-life experiences. Case studies and examples drawn from the Adults in Motion experience and leadership through COVID-19 will be presented and discussed. 

The topics include:

  • Understanding Resiliency in its many forms
  • Identifying lemons from lemonade
  • Looking through new lenses
  • Taking inventory
  • Taking risks
  • Preparing for fall-out from change
  • Long term impacts

Adults in Motion offers programs and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities across Southwestern Ontario.

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

To register: click here

Self Acknowledgement during COVID

Thursday June 17th, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Sophia Tate

How are front line teams supporting their mental Health during these COVID times?

Many front line works are faced with the notion that they are placing themselves and possibly their loved ones at risk every day they go into work. They are stressed about keeping the funds coming and keeping a roof over their heads. Or maybe they have to send their children to school during COVID. With so many things to consider every day how do they keep their sanity? How do they care for themselves?
This workshop is intended to help our front line workers dig deep into their mental health and understand what they are feeling, what they are taking home with them at the end of the day and how they can help reduce the mental health overload they is looming over them.
Through videos, discussion, and brain storming participants will begin to peel back the layers of stress affecting their mental health and learn how they can address the “when” and the “how and why” to allow them to function at their best.
Participants will better understand why it is important care for themselves first so they can balance work and personal life. By recognizing some of the early signs of mental health concerns we are able to put strategies in place to help reduce the burnout.


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

To register: click here

More workshops will be available through the summer and fall. If possible the fall sessions will be in-person events. Please check back.