OADD Workshops

2022 – A Year of Collaboration & Change

In addition to the OADD Virtual Conference Wednesday April 13th, 202 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 for 2022 workshops is now open! Please check the dates of the workshops – due to COVID we have had to reschedule some events.


Impact of Bill 124

February 10, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Cheryl Pooran, Pooran Law

Cheryl Wiles Pooran will join us to review compensation strategy and restrictions related to the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generation Act (Bill 124).  In particular, Cheryl will review:

  1. Who is affected
  2. Moderation periods and when they come into effect
  3. Compensation that is included
  4. Methods for calculating restrictions
  5. Exemptions
  6. Options for addressing compression, recruitment and retention challenges under Bill 124

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

Registration is now open


Managing Change: An Effective Framework for Shifting Service Delivery

February 24th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Melanie Willis, Taylor Gilbert and Ellen Yeboah

Kerry’s Place Autism Services is Canada’s largest service provider, delivering services and supports to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, and our communities at large. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerry’s Place and the families we support were faced with a range of barriers and decisions.  As such, Kerry’s Place was forced to make strategic decisions about the way services were delivered.  Services such as workshops, webinars, groups, and individualized supports saw a direct impact, and were adjusted to virtual delivery in order to best meet the needs of those we support.

As we recognize that many other service providers in the developmental services sector faced similar challenges, this workshop aims to provide a framework for how Kerry’s Place conducted a successful transition to virtual services. Strategies used to select virtual services, how they were implemented, and the lessons learned from this transition will be reviewed. Examples from our groups and pre-screen processes will be used to demonstrate how these strategies enabled successful implementation. We will share insights into how the transition to virtual service delivery directly impacted families, and their feedback.

Outcomes/Learning Objectives:

  • Understand a general framework for initiating a virtual service within developmental services
  • Recognize the considerations with implementing virtual services
  • Identify best practices for virtual and in-person service delivery

Target audience:  Service providers within the Developmental Services sector that are launching, developing, enhancing, or considering virtual service delivery of groups and/or individualized supports.

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

Registration is now open


Journey to Belonging

March 10th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Laura Summers, and support staff

Save the Date!

The session, led by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), will provide an overview of developmental services reform. The ministry is planning long-term, foundational changes to how services are funded and delivered. The vision for reform is one where people with developmental disabilities are included and belong in their communities, through supports that are person-directed, flexible and sustainable. The session will include updates on the status of key activities and an opportunity for questions and dialogue.

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

Registration is now open


Safe Return to Work – Best Practices in the Community

March 17th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Sandy Stemp, Susan Basaillon, Dr. Ostrowska

Save the Date!

This is a collaborative presentation on best practices for a safe return to work in the community – more details to come

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

Registration is now open


More workshops will be available leading up to the OADD Conference April 13th, 2022. Please check back.