Awards & Scholarships Overview

The OADD supports promising scholars and rewards conscientious professionals with various scholarships and awards. Members nominate their peers for awards or self-nominate for scholarships. A selection committee reviews applications and presents the awards/scholarships at the Annual OADD Conference.

Awards are also presented annually by our affiliate organization, the Research Special Interest Group. Please visit the RSIG awards pages for more details.

Hull-Roeher Award of Merit

This award is given in honour of John Hull and G. Allan Roeher, each of whom made a significant contribution in the field of developmental disabilities within the Province of Ontario.

This award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to or special achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Education: for promotion of education or training in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Humanitarianism: for promotion of human welfare and/or social reform
  • Research: for advancement of knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Service: for enhancing services for individuals with developmental disabilities

OADD Award of Excellence

To be presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to better understanding of, or enhanced well-being of those with developmental disabilities.

Kay Sansom Scholarship

Three awards of $1,000 each and a one-year membership in OADD are available to Ontario students with interests in developmental disabilities. One award is presented in each of three categories:

  • medical and/or graduate students,
  • undergraduate students and
  • community college students.

The Award must be used to pursue a full-time, specific educational goal in a recognized program associated with a professional discipline related to developmental disabilities. It may not be used for travel.

Follow the link for full scholarship details

OADD – NADD Ontario Scholarships

Funding for these scholarships was provided to OADD as a grant from NADD Ontario on its dissolution December 2016; monies from any scholarships not awarded will be returned to the fund and used to continue the scholarship program.

A maximum of four (4) scholarships per year will be awarded as:

  • Up to two (2) Continuing Education bursaries (maximum of $435 awarded annually)
  • One Student Research Scholarship $1,000 and
  • One Participation Scholarship $1,000

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Dr. Bruce McCreary Memorial Scholarship  

The intent of this scholarship is to honour Dr. McCreary’s legacy through the support of people in clinical disciplines and academic studies to further their studies in the field of developmental disabilities.

The scholarship is $5,000 provided through a collaboration of Ongwanada, the Great Lakes Society and the OADD in tribute to Dr. McCreary. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual furthering his/her education in a clinical program of study with a focus on developmental disabilities. The funds can be used for tuition, research or general support to the nominee (practicum, living expenses etc.)

Applicants must be enrolled in (or enrolling in) a recognized program of clinical studies in an accredited educational institution with a focus on, or intent to work with, people with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.

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February 1, annually.