60th OADE Annual Conference

“60 Years!  We've Come a Long Way, Baby!” 

2017 Conference Workshop Descriptions

**When registering, please choose only 1 of the 3 workshops that are running concurrently (at the same time) for each of Sessions 1, 2, and 3. See ID# for Session availability** 

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*Please note: We will do our very best to deliver the workshops and presentations as described herein. We reserve the right to make changes without notice. The final schedule will be available at the conference.  

Hotel space is still available and we encourage you to take advantage of OADE’s special negotiated room rates. Book your hotel by February 28th.

 

 

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS -- DESCRIPTIONS 

 

 

Session 1 Options (choose 1) 

ID# 

Title 

Description 

Presenter(s) 

 

IC  

 

Independence Café 

 

With the inspiration of the Lunch Box in Milton, Our Lady of Mt Carmel started their own Independence Café within the school serving staff coffee and treats!  Come and hear about how our students with developmental disabilities take orders, fill orders, bake and deliver our goods to the staff in the school.  Our little business is self-sustaining while students learn employability skills that they can take into the workforce.   

 

Anna Paliwoda  

Planning for Independence Program Teacher 

Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board 

 

Donica Cameron 

Planning for Independence Program Teacher 

Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board 

 

FT  

 

FIRST...  

Catch their Interest, 

 

THEN... 

Maintain it  

 

In this workshop, we present a variety of interactive games and play-based activities which will engage our students in meaningful learning situations.  We’ll discuss how to “compress” and “extend” an activity so that the activity might be used with different ages and abilities; we may even invent a few new games.  Join us and bring your enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism! 

Herb Goodhoofd and Shirley Dusmet have worked together in developmental education for more than ten years.  They teach...and play games...in the Community Pathways Program at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton. 

 

Herb Goodhoofd 

       and 

Shirley Dusmet 

 

Community Pathways Program 

Craig Kielburger Secondary School 

Halton District School Board 

 

SLE  

 

Structuring the Learning Environment to Support students with Developmental

Disabilities

    

 

This session will focus on how to set up the learning environment to support and promote student engagement, student voice, accessibility, and improve learning outcomes for all students.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore how their current classroom environments are structured and the powerful impacts that small changes can make! 

 

Nicole McCreesh  

Special Education Low Incidence Consultant   

Toronto District School Board 

 

Sandra Whitty  

Special Education Consultant  

Toronto District School Board 

 

 

Session 2 Options (choose 1) 

ID# 

Title 

Description 

Presenter(s) 

 

SRT  

 

Self-Regulation

Techniques  

 

Mary Lou Kennedy is a Wellness Behaviour Itinerant Teacher and Gisele Sheehan is an Itinerant Child & Youth Worker. Together they provide support to schools in areas of Mississauga in the DPCDSB. Through the referral process from their Special Education Consultant, support is provided to students with social, emotional and behavioural concerns, when all other support services are being utilized within the school.  Through observations, meeting with school teams and/or with parents, as well as some CYW support, Mary Lou and Gisele provide programs and strategies to assist staff in developing students' goals. 

Self-regulation techniques are a vital part of moving towards student success.  They will be presenting these strategies in detail at the conference. 

 

Mary Lou Kennedy 

Wellness Behaviour Itinerant Teacher  

Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board 

 

Gisele Sheehan  

Itinerant Child & Youth Worker 

Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board 

 

PFA  

 

Provincial Framework for Alternative Programs and Courses K-12 

 

An update on the development of Provincial Framework for Alternative Programs and Courses K-12.  The Provincial Framework for Alternative Programs and Courses focuses on providing direction and resources to support the provision of alternative programs through the:  identification of evidence-based components of effective programs, including key areas of learning and effective strategies for skills development to support future progress; and, establishment of provincial program categories and general areas for learning expectations.  Participants will have the opportunity to review sections of the document and provide feedback to Ministry staff. 

 

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson 

Education Officer 

Special Education Policy and Program Branch 

Ministry of Education 

 

OSP 

 

Program Implementation - Assessment and Development of SMART Functional Learning Goals for Students with Developmental Disabilities 

 

This session will focus on how to effectively use assessment data to develop functional, meaningful SMART goals that will promote essential skill development for students with developmental disabilities.  Participants will have the opportunity to dig into their own individual education plans and consider how current programming reflects short and long-term learning outcomes that promote functional independence for their students.   It would be helpful for participants to bring a copy of an IEP to work with during the session.  

   

 

Nicole McCreesh  

Special Education Low Incidence Consultant   

Toronto District School Board 

 

Sandra Whitty  

Special Education Consultant  

Toronto District School Board  

 

Session 3 Options (choose 1) 

ID# 

Title 

Description 

Presenter(s) 

 

ITC 

 

Imaginary Trip Across Canada 

 

This session will focus on helping elementary and secondary staff program a Canada themed unit through a cross curricular teaching approach. Opportunities to see modified lessons, differentiated instruction, hands on manipulative's and planning age appropriate field trips in order to support student engagement will be provided. Participants will also look at a variety of assessment strategies in an effort to promote essential skill development for students with developmental disabilities. 

 

George Liolis 

Teacher, Developmental Disabilities 

West Humber C.I. 

 

DSO  

 

DSO 101 – Understanding process and paths that families will walk down in the Developmental Service Sector 

 

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the single point of access to adult services for people with developmental disabilities.  As educators, through PPM  156 and the Integrated Transition Planning Protocol, we are encouraged to assist families with information to help them create transition plans for their young adults.  This session will have an overview of the DSO process to accessing services and supports.  As well as an overview of Central West Regions Transition Planning Website.  

 

Sandra Leach 

CPS/Transition Support Coordinator  

Developmental Services Ontario 

 

CE 

 

Goal:  Competitive Employment! 

    

 

Do you have students who have a goal of competitive employment?  Well this is the workshop for you.  Community Living Mississauga is an Employment Supports Service Provider with the Ontario Disability Support Program and supports individuals who have an intellectual disability to find and maintain employment within their community.   Come and hear an overview of ODSP Employment Supports, what skills they look for when they are helping individuals find work and the benefits of starting early when preparing students for work.  This can help you in your specific programming for students as well as how to guide families in developing work readiness skills.  

 

Marissa Marr 

Day Supports Manager 

Community Living Mississauga 

 

Andrew Day 

Supervisor; Employment Resource Centre 

Community Living Mississauga