Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities

Day 2: Thursday

Day 2
Thursday February 8, 2024

All time Eastern (EST)

11:00am-11:15am Welcome
Emcee: Tiana Kirkegaard; Young Leader, Leading Change, L’Arche Canada; Advocate, Actor, Improviser, Dancer
Conference Director: Megan Primeau; Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
11:15am-12:30pm Keynote C
Thinking Differently about Mental Health and Addictions Supports
Presenters:
Jill Faber; Community Case Manager; Community Living North Bay
Oluseye Akinkunmi; Health Services Manager; Adult Neurodevelopmental Stabilization Unit, Nova Scotia Health
Robin Friedlander; Founder, Self Injurious Behavior Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital
Moderated by: Heidi Diepstra; Health Care System and Stakeholder Engagement Facilitator, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place
12:30pm-12:45pm Posters, Supporters, and Networking Break
12:45pm-1:45pm

Breakout Workshops C

  1. Peer Support for Autistic Adults and Autistic Family Caregivers: Critical Ingredients and Lessons Learned
    Presented by: Adeen Ashton-Fogle (Family Engagement Facilitator/Advisor, CAMH); Nathan Dawthorne (Family Engagement Facilitator/Advisor, CAMH); Alex Echakowitz (Youth Engagement Facilitator/Advisor, CAMH); Riley Goldsmith (Youth Engagement Facilitator/Advisor, CAMH); Mirella B (Peer Facilitator, Advisor, CAMH); Lianne G (Family Advisor, CAMH); Yona Lunsky (Scientific Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre)
    Understanding Lived Experience
  2. What the Heck is Advance Care Planning and Why Should You Care?
    Presented by: Karine Diedrich (Director, Advance Care Planning Canada, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)); Merry Parkinson (Project Officer, Advance Care Planning Canada, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA))
    Supporting Transitions
  3. Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology – The Impact of Advocacy and Access
    Presented by: Arlene Wright (Direct Support Professional, Vita Community Living Services); Calvin Johnson (Person with Lived Experience, Vita Community Living Services (Member)); Angie Gonzales (Health Care Facilitator, Nurse Professional Practice Lead, Surrey Place)
    Preventative Care
  4. Using Creativity to Explore the Emotional Experiences of Having Developmental Disabilities: Considerations for Building Empathy
    Presented by: Hildy Bennett (Director of Student Experience and Faculty in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Yorkville University)
    Therapeutic Programs
  5. Advocacy Involving Multiple Systems – Unpacking the Complexities
    Presented by: Justine Dooley (Family Support Advocate; MA in Leadership, Community Living Victoria); Erika Cedillo (Director of Public Policy and Programs, PhD, Inclusion BC); Cary Chiu (BC Advocate for Quality Service, Office of the Advocate, MSDPR)
    Systems Collaborations
1:45pm-2:15pm Posters, Supporters, and Networking Break
2:15pm-3:15pm

Breakout Workshops D

  1. The Value of Peer Support for Families with Disabilities
    Presented by: Heather Beach (Regional Network Coordinator, Family Support Institute)
    Understanding Lived Experience
  2. The Role of Planning and Facilitation in Supporting Young People with a Disability Transitioning to Adulthood
    Presented by: Anna Bruno (Manager, Facilitation and Planning, Partners for Planning); Gillian Martin (Writer, Artist and Self-Advocate); Andrea Johnston (Independent Facilitator, Partners for Planning)
    Supporting Transitions
  3. The Forgotten Ones: Valuing Psychotherapy for People with Developmental Disability
    Presented by: Meghan Josling (Public Speaker and Advocate, Independent); Vicki Hartman (Willowbridge Community Services, Counselling Services Manager); Susan Somogyi Wells (Chief Executive Officer, Family Service Ontario)
    Preventative Care
  4. Why Speak When No One is Listening Anyways: Thinking About Trauma in Context of Selective Mutism
    Presented by: Amanda Sawyer (Physician, CAMH, Surrey Place, Holland Bloorview), Ivona Berger (Family Medicine Resident, University of Toronto)
    Therapeutic Programs
  5. Canadian Best Practice Guidance for Quality Community Supports and Care for Adults with IDD and Dementia and their Caregivers
    Presented by: Sandy Stemp (Chief Operating Officer (COO), Reena); Tracey Berman (Senior Project Coordinator, Reena); Nancy Jokinen (Adjunct Professor, UNBC School of Social Work); Leslie Udell (Consultant, L Udell Consulting)
    Systems Collaborations
3:15pm-3:45pm Posters, Supporters, and Networking Break
3:45pm-4:45pm Keynote D
Balancing Autonomy and Safety in Online Dating
Panelists:
Alan Martino; Assistant Professor (Teaching), Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies; Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Karyn Harvey; Director, Training and Program Development; The Park Avenue Group, LLC
Natalya Mason; Social Worker & Sexuality Educator
Moderated by: Kristyn White; Literacy Facilitator/Creative Options Regina
4:45pm-5:00pm Closing Remarks
Emcee: Tiana Kirkegaard; Young Leader, Leading Change, L’Arche Canada; Advocate, Actor, Improviser, Dancer
Conference Director: Megan Primeau; Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto