OADE - About Us


What is OADE?  

The Ontario Association for Developmental Education was founded in 1957 by a group of teachers and principals. The Association is comprised of teachers, educational assistants, principals, consultants, and other support staff and parents who work with and for students with developmental challenges. 

Statement of Purpose 

The Ontario Association for Developmental Education believes that: 

·          the ultimate purpose of education is to help students achieve a self-satisfying quality of life, a sense of self-esteem and personal competence in their own community; 

·          educational and community supports be provided to meet the individual and unique needs of every student; 

·          each District School Board make a full spectrum of programs and services available to every student; 

·          the efforts, expertise and commitment of professionals working with each student must be valued and enhanced.


OADE’s Goal 

The primary goal of OADE is to improve the education for students with developmental challenges in Ontario. OADE pursues this goal through: 

·          maintaining direct contact with the Ontario Ministry of Education concerning developmental education; 

·          maintaining a website at www.oade.ca;   

·          giving direction to the Conference Planning Committee; 

·          hosting the Annual Conference; 

·          serving as a resource and support to developmental staff; 

·          advocating for students with developmental challenges; 

·          speaking on behalf of staff in developmental education; 

·          connecting developmental education staff. 


Organizational Structure 


General Membership – comprised of individuals who work with and for students in Ontario with developmental challenges. We currently are adding members to our organization on an "email subscription" basis. There is no charge to be a member of OADE, but as you can imagine, there are expenses to keep this organization running. You can ask to be subscribed to our mailing list by using our subscription link here, and we humbly ask for your support by donating to the organization by using the link below. 






Provincial Executive – elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Executive conducts the business of the association and promotes the interests and concerns of members who work with developmentally challenged students.  


Current OADE President– Carol Jones (president@oade.ca). 


Provincial Office   – In April of 2011 Herb Goodhoofd retired from the OADE executive after a lengthy tenure as our Provincial Officer. As a result, the OADE Executive's structure was changed and approved by the membership at the 2011 Annual Meeting, including the removal of the position of Provincial Officer and the closure of the former Provincial Office. As part of these changes, our mailing address has changed. Our new address is:



ATTN: Carol Jones 

2 Notre Dame  Ave 

Brampton Ont 

L6Z 4L5 



Annual Conference  – organized for the purpose of professional development, this event is usually held in April or May, and is combined with an Annual General Meeting.  


The OADE Conference, for 2020, has been CANCELLED.


For more information, click on "Annual Conference " on the left panel.