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
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.
The primary goal of OADE is to improve
the education for students with developmental challenges in Ontario. OADE pursues this goal
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
hosting the Annual Conference;
serving as a resource and support to developmental
advocating for students with developmental
speaking on behalf of staff in developmental
connecting developmental education
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.
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.
President – Hubert Van Niekerk of
– 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:
c/o Hubert Van
organized for the purpose of professional development, this event is usually held in April or May, and is
combined with an Annual General Meeting.
year's conference "60
Years! We've Come a Long Way, Baby!"was held
in Brampton, Ontario on March 31, 2017.
conference was the 60th Annual Conference.
For more information, click on "Annual Conference
" on the left panel.