Day 1 • Tuesday June 2, 2015
  • 8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
    Registration & Networking Session
  • 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
    Keynote: Success And The Bird Next Door

    Speaker: CHAD HYMAS - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    As a speaker Chad shares his stories and successes to motivate each and every one of us to make every moment count. How is it possible that someone else always finds success? What’s the secret to success that nobody told you? Don’t just sit on the sidelines as others live your dream . . . claim it for yourself! With a humorous approach, Chad will help us fly in the face of fear. He will aid us in looking at things like envy and blame as a tool for change. He will encourage us to take risks we did imagine before.
    Chad emphasizes the power in seizing current circumstances and opportunities, while holding tight to your vision until you soar!

  • 9:40 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.
    Less Busy + More Effective = Personal Kanban (Or How Sticky Notes Can Change Your Life)

    Speaker: SUE JOHNSTON

    Nobody promised us life would be simple. Still, they might have warned us it would feel more complicated every day. People, work, technology, tasks, deadlines and even fun compete for our time and attention. Our multiple priorities can leave us exhausted, discouraged and overwhelmed.

    That’s when Personal Kanban can help. This flexible technique, borrowed from manufacturing and software development, helps us visualize, organize and complete our work. It shows us the scope and flow of our activities, from start to finish. It helps us create clarity and focus so we tackle the right things at the right time and get them done. And it starts with a pad of sticky notes.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The two simple rules of Personal Kanban – and why they work
    • How to make work visible – we can’t manage what we can’t see
    • Ways to make more realistic, achievable plans
    That Does What? How equipment and technology maximizes participation (Part 1)

    Speaker: ST.AMANT CLINICAL SERVICES

    In this session you will have a hands-on opportunity to experience equipment and technology provided by Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists, and learn about what they are used for and how these clinical disciplines work together to enhance the people’s lives.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Hands-on experience to develop a better understanding of equipment and technology used by people with developmental disabilities
    • Understand how PT, OT, and SLP collaborate to implement this equipment/technology
    • Recognizing when and who referrals for clinical services (SLP, PT or OT) would be indicated
    An Introduction to Alzheimer Disease and How It Impacts People with an Intellectual Disability (Part 1)

    Speaker: LESLIE UDELL

    While many people with an intellectual disability are taking advantage of their senior years, others are coping with the onset of Alzheimer disease. This is especially true for those with Down syndrome. This session will give an overview of this dual diagnosis, screening and support planning recommendations.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learning how Alzheimer disease progresses and impacts people’s functioning abilities
    • Understanding the connection between Alzheimer disease and Down syndrome and how to obtain a diagnosis
    • Obtaining an overview of considerations when supporting someone with both Alzheimer disease and an intellectual disability.
    Abilities Manitoba

    Speaker: ABILITIES MANITOBA

    Abilities Manitoba has called upon the Minister of Manitoba Family Services to “commit to act now to ensure the long-term sustainability of services upon which so many depend. The implementation of an action plan that includes change outcomes, adequately resourced strategies to achieve the outcomes, and clearly identified and time-bound deliverables, is necessary.” Abilities Manitoba is committed to working in partnership with the Province in the implementation of the action plan.

    The action plan has been approved by the Abilities Manitoba Executive and validated by the Abilities Manitoba Membership.

    The action plan includes planning principles and, for each of the five (5) priorities:

    • the rationale;
    • the desired and measurable long-term outcomes (changes that will occur as a result of
    • strategy implementation in the next 3-5 years), and;
    • the strategies that are required over the next 18 months to make significant progress toward achieving the outcomes.

    Securing commitment to the action plan also means coming to an agreement about accountability measures (indicators) and having adequate financial and human resources for the action plan to be implemented.

    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Self Regulation (Part 1)

    Speaker: HEATHER MacKENZIE

    Heather Mackenzie will provide an overview of self-regulation, executive functions and the Spark model. The session will provide overview and examples of how spark approaches teaching behavioural, cognitive and emotional self-regulation. Participants will learn about specific strategies.
    Heather Mackenzie- Self Regulation learning outcomes

    The audience will leave with:

    • An understanding of the importance of self-regulation in everyday life and the impact of spark
    • and, when and where spark teaches self-regulation
    • Discover skills and strategies that participants can use immediately.
    Working Effectively with Newcomer Support Workers

    Speaker: SYLVIA THIESSEN

    In this session, you will be exposed to various strategies and perspectives of working effectively with newcomers in the Direct Service field.  This workshop will be relevant for those who are either a recent newcomer, or as someone in a leadership role, working with newcomers.

    Learning Objectives:

    • learn strategies to create effective working relationships
    • discuss cultural differences and gain respect for each other and those we provide support to
    • develop skills to improve communication as a newcomer or with newcomers
  • 10:40 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
    Nutrition Break
  • 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
    The Alliance of Direct Support Professionals

    Speaker: DONNA OUGHTON

    The Alliance of Direct Support Professionals of Manitoba will be sharing the journey to incorporation, current standing, and the impact a unified voice will have on future legislation, education and professionalization.  The Alliance has a dynamic and growing presence within Manitoba communities and growing affiliations with well-established and influential groups committed to provide support and assistance in future endeavors. The many benefits of membership will be discussed as well as a look ahead at how valuable the Alliance will be in shaping a future of best practices and quality supports for vulnerable people. Please join in to find out how individual voices come together to be heard at a more global level shaping the future of all Direct Support Professionals.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to promote professionalization of direct support providers.
    • How to connect and network with peers to share information and knowledge.
    • How individuals can come together to become a powerful voice in shaping the future.
    That Does What? How equipment and technology maximizes participation (Part 2)

    Speaker: ST.AMANT CLINICAL SERVICES

    In this session you will have a hands-on opportunity to experience equipment and technology provided by Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists, and learn about what they are used for and how these clinical disciplines work together to enhance the people’s lives.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Hands-on experience to develop a better understanding of equipment and technology used by people with developmental disabilities
    • Understand how PT, OT, and SLP collaborate to implement this equipment/technology
    • Recognizing when and who referrals for clinical services (SLP, PT or OT) would be indicated
    An Introduction to Alzheimer Disease and How It Impacts People with an Intellectual Disability (Part 2)

    Speaker: LESLIE UDELL

    While many people with an intellectual disability are taking advantage of their senior years, others are coping with the onset of Alzheimer disease. This is especially true for those with Down syndrome. This session will give an overview of this dual diagnosis, screening and support planning recommendations.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learning how Alzheimer disease progresses and impacts people’s functioning abilities
    • Understanding the connection between Alzheimer disease and Down syndrome and how to obtain a diagnosis
    • Obtaining an overview of considerations when supporting someone with both Alzheimer disease and an intellectual disability.
    The Impact of Mindful Care Practices: A Caregiver – Care Receiver Discussion

    Speaker: ANDREW TERHOCH

    A panel of Caregivers, Care Receivers/Advocates along with other interested parties will present to share their experiences with and explore the values in Mindful Care Practices. Attendees also present questions for discussion.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand and relate to the health and wellness value in Mindful Care Practices for both the Caregiver and the Care Receiver.
    • Provide Caregivers in attendance with a basic understanding of beginning a Mindful Care Practice.
    • Provide Care Receivers/Advocates in attendance with basic skills to support their Caregivers in developing Mindful Care Practices.
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Self Regulation (Part 2)

    Speaker: HEATHER MacKENZIE

    Heather Mackenzie will provide an overview of self-regulation, executive functions and the Spark model. The session will provide overview and examples of how spark approaches teaching behavioural, cognitive and emotional self-regulation. Participants will learn about specific strategies.
    Heather Mackenzie- Self Regulation learning outcomes

    The audience will leave with:

    • An understanding of the importance of self-regulation in everyday life and the impact of spark
    • and, when and where spark teaches self-regulation
    • Discover skills and strategies that participants can use immediately.
    Adult Sibling Panel

    Speaker: LISA BISSETT

    Brothers and sisters will be in the lives of family members with special needs longer than anyone else.  As individuals with developmental disabilities age, adult  siblings may take on roles that have traditionally been carried by their parents, in addition to other family responsibilities.   This panel of adult siblings of individuals with a developmental disability will discuss the various roles they have assumed in relation to their siblings,   share their experiences, and discuss the impact on both themselves and their families.  It is the goal of the panel presentation to create an opportunity for open dialogue and to share resources with each other.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Hear first-hand experiences of sibling’s transition to the role of primary decision maker/caregiver.
    • Strategies and resources for siblings during this transition period – what advance planning, information and supports are helpful for adult siblings?
    • Discuss navigating multiple roles and unique challenges within the family.
  • 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    Lunch Break - Centennial Meeting Room
  • 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
    Change Management

    Speaker: FAYE MIRON

    When changes, do your organization’s leaders know how to lead the charge? Most organizational projects require a change in how people do their work.  Research demonstrates the number one obstacle to success is employee resistance to changing their behaviour and ineffective management of the people side of change.   Change management is fast becoming a standard business practice, and a competency of leaders at all levels, because it resources organizations to manage change and achieve business results faster, more effectively and with less chaos.  In this session, you will learn how to help your organization achieve the results it seeks by adding change management to your toolkit.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What is change management and why use it? (Predictable reactions to change, The change cycle, Change management competencies)
    • The value of change management (Benefits of using change management, Risks of not using change management, How to show the benefit of change management)
    • How does change management work? (Types of changes that are applicable for change management, overview of 5 key strategies for managing change)
    What you didn’t know lack of sleep does to You, your children, and their psychiatric diagnoses, and what you can do about it.

    Speaker: KIRSTEN WIRTH

    This presentation will review the many side effects of lack of sleep for children and caregivers, as well as the exacerbation of problem behaviours or symptoms related to psychiatric disorders. Evidence-based strategies for reducing sleep problems and improving quality of life will be reviewed. This presentation will focus on children, but will have many applications for adults as well.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Side effects of sleep disturbances and their relation to psychiatric disorders for both individuals and their caregivers;
    • How to determine functional relations of sleep disorders and behaviour; and
    • Effective strategies for reducing sleep problems.
    Starting Conversations (Part 1)

    Speaker: RAINBOW RESOURCE CENTRE

    This session builds awareness and professional capacity to better equip participants to nurture safer and inclusive spaces and environments regardless of affectional and sexual orientation as well as gender identity and gender expression.
    Using an LGBTT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit) affirmative lens, the session identifies the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on individuals, families and care providers. Participants will be encouraged to consider ways of creating safer, inclusive and more supportive environments that support health and wellness that fosters a more inclusive society.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Use affirmative and appropriate language and terminology,
    • Identify and understand the impacts of heterosexism, sexism and LGBTTphobia on socialization and health outcomes,
    • Respond appropriately and respectfully to disclosure, and develop tools, strategies, and resources for change.
    Help Autism Live Everywhere (H.A.L.E.)

    Speaker: KRISTIAN HOOKER

    Kristian Hooker of H.A.L.E (Help Live Autism Live Everywhere) Autism will share his first hand experiences of going through the school division, post-secondary education and starting his own business; all while growing up as an individual on the autism spectrum. Kristian’s presentation will send messages of early childhood behaviors and challenges may not determine their life outcome and how entering the world of the child of special needs will help that child embrace the world of education. Kristian will also share information about his business and the social skills services he provides for families and individuals on the autism spectrum.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The benefit of combining an educational lesson with the interest of a child on the Autism Spectrum
    • To celebrate the accomplishments in development while reflecting on the challenges as a way to grow, not hinder future progress
    • The value of peer-run social skills sessions that benefit not only the adult on the spectrum, but the next generation of children on the autism spectrum.
    Enhancing Development with Storybooks (Part 1)

    Speaker: HEATHER MacKENZIE

    During this session you will learn to select and use children’s literature to enhance development in children with special needs. The session will provide an overview of why storybooks can be an effective medium for learning and developments. Participants will learn how to select book and plan how to use them as a way to increase each child’s attention and responsiveness to storybook reading.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the power of storybooks for enhancing child development
    • Learn how to determine book level appropriate to each child
    • Apply different reading styles and strategies to increase children’s attention and responsiveness.
    Injury Prevention For Support Workers

    Speaker: BEVERLEY TEMPLE

    People with intellectual disabilities often display challenging behaviour, which results in support workers being injured. The overall results of a two year study that involved summarizing injury reports, interviews with managers, support workers who had been injured and trainers. This presentation will provide the complete findings and recommendations about next steps to keep workers safe.

  • 2:00 P.M. - 2:10 P.M.
    Mid-Afternoon Break Session
  • 2:10 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.
    Assessing Corporate Culture

    Speaker: FAYE MIRON

    There are aspects of every organization’s culture that people wish they could change.  To know where to start on your culture shift journey, and to be able to measure the progress that you are making, it is important to have an approach and plan for assessing organizational culture.  This workshop will provide practical tools and guidance for conducting an assessment of your current culture, quantifying the gaps between your current and desired state, and applying your assessment results to the development of a tangible and realistic culture shift plan.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the importance of culture assessment as a foundation for culture shift
    • Discover options for conducting a culture assessment (formal assessments, participative assessments, using what you already have)
    • Learn how to apply your assessment to culture change in a manner that increases the odds of successful change
    New Approach To Identifying Causes Of Challenging Behaviours / Triple P Parenting

    A double bill of research based presentations from University of Manitoba students affiliated with the St.Amant Research Centre.

    A New Approach to Identifying the Causes of Challenging Behaviour for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

    Functional analysis is a method for systematically identifying why a challenging behaviour occurs. We evaluated the use of response latency (how long until a response occurs) as an alternative to response rate for measuring behaviour in a functional analysis. The latency measure has some advantages, and we found that it often agreed with the response rate results.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the importance of using a functional analysis for identifying motivation of problem behavior and creating subsequent behavioural intervention plans.
    • Understanding how finding viable alternatives to use in a standard functional analysis can further improve some features of the assessment tool.
    • Overall, it is important to understand that a functional analysis is an extremely beneficial tool for staff who work with individuals with intellectual disabilities in inpatient, outpatient, educational and clinical settings.

    Does Stepping Stones Triple P Promote Parent Self-Efficacy, Skills and Knowledge?

    Group Stepping Stones Triple P is an effective, condensed parenting program aimed at improving parental knowledge, skills and self-efficacy for caregivers of children with ASD and challenging behaviors. Program assessment involved two in-home video observations of parent-child interactions and parental completion of five questionnaires before and after the program.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn of the effectiveness of Group Stepping Stones Triple P (GSSTP) designed specifically for parents of children with ASD and challenging behaviors.
    • Study results show improvement in parental self-efficacy, skills and knowledge and a reduction in child problem behavior. Attendees can use this information to inform parents of children with ASD of how GSSTP can benefit their family.
    • Attendees will have confidence in the effectiveness of the condensed five-session GSSTP offered by St.Amant.
    Starting Conversations (Part 2)

    Speaker: RAINBOW RESOURCE CENTRE

    This session builds awareness and professional capacity to better equip participants to nurture safer and inclusive spaces and environments regardless of affectional and sexual orientation as well as gender identity and gender expression.
    Using an LGBTT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit) affirmative lens, the session identifies the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia on individuals, families and care providers. Participants will be encouraged to consider ways of creating safer, inclusive and more supportive environments that support health and wellness that fosters a more inclusive society.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Use affirmative and appropriate language and terminology,
    • Identify and understand the impacts of heterosexism, sexism and LGBTTphobia on socialization and health outcomes,
    • Respond appropriately and respectfully to disclosure, and develop tools, strategies, and resources for change.
    Research: Long Term EIBI Outcomes

    Speaker: LINDSAY McCOMBE & MAY LEE

    The presenters will briefly review the evidence-based early intensive behavioral intervention provided by St.Amant Autism Program in Manitoba. They will report on how a sample of children developed in terms of their communication, social, adaptive, academic, and cognitive skills during intervention and a 5-year post-intervention period.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To know the history of evidence-based autism intervention in Manitoba.
    • To understand the different ways that autism intervention outcomes have been assessed.
    • To learn the short and long-term impacts of the early intensive behavioral intervention on children’s development in these domains.
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Enhancing Development with Storybooks (Part 2)

    Speaker: HEATHER MacKENZIE

    During this session you will learn to select and use children’s literature to enhance development in children with special needs. The session will provide an overview of why storybooks can be an effective medium for learning and developments. Participants will learn how to select book and plan how to use them as a way to increase each child’s attention and responsiveness to storybook reading.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the power of storybooks for enhancing child development
    • Learn how to determine book level appropriate to each child
    • Apply different reading styles and strategies to increase children’s attention and responsiveness.
    Benefits of Mindfulness

    Speaker: MIKE McINTYRE

    Mindfulness based interventions of many different sorts have exploded onto the scene. They are capturing the imagination of clinicians and scientists. Along with the excitement, they also have engendered skepticism. Four evidence-based mindfulness interventions are being implemented by the Compassion Project of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba. Today, we shall consider the accumulating evidence base for some mindfulness interventions and examine psychological, neurological, endocrinological, and immunological endpoints. These various factors combine and interact and point toward mindfulness-based interventions having a very substantial impact on physical and psychological well-being.

  • 3:10 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
    Nutrition Break
  • 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
    Keynote: Wit, Fit and Balance…Strategies for Success

    Speaker: MEG SOPER - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Meg Soper’s twist on life provides her motivational life balance presentation with a perspective only a stand-up comic could possibly deliver. This presentation takes you through the stresses of everyday life and sheds a humorous light on it. Whether you are faced with stress in the workplace or the inevitable obstacles of daily living, Meg offers a refreshing perspective. You will leave in stitches, armed with a number of strategies to enhance your life experience and maintain a sense of balance.

  • 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
    Free Cocktail Networking Event
Day 2 • Wednesday June 3, 2015
  • 8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
    Registration & Networking Session
  • 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
    Keynote: Family-Centred Service: Why Should I Care? We All Do That Already!

    Speaker: PETER ROSENBAUM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Family-centred service (FCS) is one of those hyphenated phrases that trip off the tongue so easily. Who could ever be against it? In reality, for a host of personal, clinical, administrative and practical reasons, FCS is more complicated than it seems. It challenges service providers in a number of ways, and despite its caché it can cause people discomfort.

    This keynote will provoke thought and raise issues for an open mike conversation among the audience about how to manage, support and measure FCS.

  • 9:40 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.
    Managing Your Primary Asset (Yourself) (Part 1)

    Speaker: DAVID FALK

    Effective people understand the wisdom to “manage themselves so others don’t
    have to”. The key to self-management is understanding not only our strengths and weaknesses but understanding how to ensure our strengths do not become overpowering and unproductive. This session will help you identify and reflect on your personal strengths, explore the unintended shadow side of these strengths and learn self-management practices.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify leadership style/personal strengths and the shadow side (excess) of your style strengths
    • Develop a strategy for recovering from excess
    • Learn value of “Showing up as needed”
    I’m Still Here: Behavioural Interventions to Control for Motion with Children During MRI and fMRI

    Speaker: DEBORAH HATTON

    Patients must be alert for fMRI making sedation impossible. This study presented six typically developing children with familiarization in a mock scanner followed by behavioural intervention. Throughout familiarization, all children showed head motion in the mock scanner, however, during intervention reductions in head motion occurred for five of the participants.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Real Life Applications of Behavioural Techniques
    • Demonstrations of Preferences
    • Demonstrations of Methods to Inform Practice
    Is this Normal?

    Speaker: LESLIE UDELL

    People with an intellectual disability are part of the growing population of older adults. Individuals and their support networks have a need to understand what to expect from their bodies, as part of the normal aging process, as well what are aging related diseases. This session will help begin the dialogue.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understanding what to expect as a part of normal aging while dispelling the myths around the aging process.
    • Understanding the diseases of aging.
    • Obtaining an understanding of how aging specifically impacts people with Down syndrome.
    Promoting Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder using Mindfulness Training

    “Stop. Breathe. Be.” Mindfulness training teaches self-awareness and self-regulation skills. This research project explored the use of the .b mindfulness-training curriculum with adolescents with autism spectrum disorder as an approach to promoting social and emotional wellbeing. Results and implications for educational and therapeutic programming will be discussed.

    Learning Objectives:

    • An introduction to what mindfulness is and how it is cultivated.
    • Describe ways mindfulness training can promote resilience in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
    • Describe the strengths/challenges of implementing mindfulness-training curriculums with adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Ethics: Rights vs. Risks: Supporting Healthy Choices

    The Ethics Sessions are facilitated conversations in which participants are encouraged to explore the topic presented. These sessions are not presentations; the facilitators will help to keep the conversation on topic and may provide information or probes to help stimulate thoughts from a variety of perspectives. Contributing to the conversation is not mandatory; however, people will be encouraged to share their views in a non-threatening environment.

    Conversation:

    • The person that you support continually makes decisions that are against the advice of his/her medical professional’s advice, what is the role of the support worker?
    • What if the person has a full understanding of the consequences but chooses to ignore the advice?
    • What if, you as the support staff, believe that they do not have a clear understanding of the consequences?
    • Examples:
      • A person not following their diabetic diet
      • Smoking
      • Not taking their prescribed medications
      • Recreational Drug Use

    Learning Objectives:

    • An opportunity to observe an Ethical Discussion
    • An opportunity to contribute to an Ethical Discussion in a non-threatening environment
    • An opportunity to hear differing perspectives on the topic
    Building Independence (Part 1)

    Speaker: ANNE KRESTA

    The Building Independence Pilot Project is an exciting new venture in Manitoba to help young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop appropriate job acquisition and work skills. This presentation will describe what we are doing and learning along the way, and how the project may develop in the future.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn about what the Building Independence Pilot Project is and how it developed.
    • We will share what we have learned about the project’s outcomes.
    • We will discuss what we think are important next steps and how we would like to see the program develop in the future.
  • 10:40 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
    Nutrition Break
  • 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
    Managing Your Primary Asset (Yourself) (Part 2)

    Speaker: DAVID FALK

    Effective people understand the wisdom to “manage themselves so others don’t
    have to”. The key to self-management is understanding not only our strengths and weaknesses but understanding how to ensure our strengths do not become overpowering and unproductive. This session will help you identify and reflect on your personal strengths, explore the unintended shadow side of these strengths and learn self-management practices.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify leadership style/personal strengths and the shadow side (excess) of your style strengths
    • Develop a strategy for recovering from excess
    • Learn value of “Showing up as needed”
    Just My Friend

    Speaker: LYNDA DOBBIN-TURNER & TREM CLEAVER

    Shane Dickson and Trem Cleaver met in Nursery School.  Shane lived life with Cerebral Palsy, including the most challenging life experiences that diagnosis could afford: needing to be tube-fed, a wheelchair for mobility, not being able to communicate verbally and more.  Trem lives life as a strong, healthy, athletic young man.  Still something between them clicked, differences were set aside and they became the best of friends at age 4.

    Trem and Shane’s mom Lynda Dobbin-Turner share the story of that friendship, how it began and blossomed, how it was sustained and what it meant to both Trem and Shane.  Trem’s hope is that listeners will come to understand that Shane was not the only one that benefited from this deep, reciprocal relationship, as he shares how his life was impacted by their friendship.. Lynda shares tools and ideas from a parent’s perspective that facilitated their friendship to flourish with seeming ease.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The primary objective is to challenge all people to see others through the lens of gifts, knowing that each of us have both gifts and challenges.
    • To offer other parents ideas and suggestions that might connect their children with their own school community and beyond.
    • An understanding that we all need to stand up against bullying, whether it is at the school level, or in the letters that Lynda received from other parents who didn’t’ think her son belonged in the mainstream.
    The Language Project

    Speaker: KORY EARLE & SHELLEY FLETCHER

    Words and language have a profound effect on people. People with intellectual disabilities of all kinds – autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Disorder, and learning disabilities to name a few – have all faced discrimination of some kind or another. They have been labeled and called names. They hear the ‘R word’ every day – on TV, on the radio, and in the hallways of their school. This presentation is intended to help people understand the importance and impact of their words on people with intellectual disabilities.

    The presentations are delivered by people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability along with support from an advisor. The presentation introduces the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and discusses the importance of language.

    Learning Objectives:

    • A better understanding of the impact that language, labels, and choice of words has on people with disabilities
    • An understanding of the rights to education and employment as stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • An understanding of what is means to have the right to full inclusion in the community
    Hoarding and Developmental Disabilities: Coping and Prevention

    Speaker: VICTORIA HAMPTON

    This presentation will provide an overview of Hoarding Disorder and discuss compulsive hoarding as it relates to individuals with developmental disabilities. Focus will be placed on strategies and techniques to assist those who are struggling with hoarding tendencies and clutter, and how to promote safe living environments.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to identify hoarding and when help may be needed
    • Techniques and strategies to help individuals who hoard live safely
    • Resources and supports that are available
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Ethics: Independent Adult or Mother Knows Best

    The Ethics Sessions are facilitated conversations in which participants are encouraged to explore the topic presented. These sessions are not presentations; the facilitators will help to keep the conversation on topic and may provide information or probes to help stimulate thoughts from a variety of perspectives. Contributing to the conversation is not mandatory; however, people will be encouraged to share their views in a non-threatening environment.

    Conversation:

    • An independent adult that you support has asked you not to share information about her personal life with her mother, who is demanding to be kept informed.
    • How do employees balance the rights of the person they support with the pressure to be family focused?
    • What if the choice that the person is making is putting them in danger? Does the role of the support worker change?
    • What if you agree with the parent and believe that the person should not be allowed to make dangerous choices?

    Learning Objectives:

    • An opportunity to observe an Ethical Discussion
    • An opportunity to contribute to an Ethical Discussion in a non-threatening environment
    • An opportunity to hear differing perspectives on the topic
    Building Independence (Part 2)

    Speaker: ANNE KRESTA

    The Building Independence Pilot Project is an exciting new venture in Manitoba to help young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop appropriate job acquisition and work skills. This presentation will describe what we are doing and learning along the way, and how the project may develop in the future.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn about what the Building Independence Pilot Project is and how it developed.
    • We will share what we have learned about the project’s outcomes.
    • We will discuss what we think are important next steps and how we would like to see the program develop in the future.
  • 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    Lunch Break - Centennial Meeting Room
  • 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
    Difficult Conversations (Part 1)

    Speaker: DAVID FALK

    This session will introduce participants to a fresh and engaging way to clear up misunderstandings, recover from mistakes and transform arguments at work, in the community and at home.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify patterns of interpersonal conflict
    • Develop skills to prevent and recover from misunderstandings
    • Develop skills to resolve/transform disagreements
    Family-Centred Service (Part 1)

    Speaker: PETER ROSENBAUM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Will delve deeper into Family-centred service and tools for application.

    Replay! Moving Together, Eating Healthy & Being Active

    Speaker: ELAINE HAWKINS

    St Amant along with several other agencies participated in a project to provide the people we support with a unique opportunity to eat healthy, get fit, and build self-confidence while having great fun in a safe and supported environment. Replay! Is a unique fitness challenge program that is specifically designed to inspire individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop a healthy balanced lifestyle through physical fitness, sensible eating, and knowledge about good nutrition and diet. The REPLAY!  approach is designed to counter this exclusion and promote awareness about health, fitness and nutrition in a supportive environment that is both inspirational and FUN!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding of the Replay! project and the goals
    • Discuss the challenges in implementing the Replay! Project and the barriers encountered
    • Discuss the future of Replay and what was learned from the project
    Direct Support Professionals Code of Ethics Encounter

    Speaker: JOHN RAFFAELE - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    John Raffaele, a skilled staff educator and licensed social worker from New York State will share real examples culled from decades of practicing in the field of intellectual disabilities in a role play, unlike any other. In learning about ethical responsibilities, John will respectfully act out some real dilemmas and ethical decisions that confront direct support professionals on the job every day. Using the NADSP’s Code of Ethics, participants will consider ways that ethical practices can be incorporated into daily practice. The beliefs and attitudes that are associated with being an effective human service professional are critical to understanding this code – it is not the handbook of the profession, but rather a roadmap to assist us in staying the course.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be able to define and identify the concept of ethics
    • Participants will be able to define the nine tenets of the NADSP Code of Ethics.
    • Participants will be able to utilize the Code of Ethics in everyday practice as a direct support professional or other helping professional and self-advocates and family members will be able to use the Coe of Ethics to improve the direct support relationship.
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Ethics: Transition from Paid Staff to Friend

    The Ethics Sessions are facilitated conversations in which participants are encouraged to explore the topic presented. These sessions are not presentations; the facilitators will help to keep the conversation on topic and may provide information or probes to help stimulate thoughts from a variety of perspectives. Contributing to the conversation is not mandatory; however, people will be encouraged to share their views in a non-threatening environment.

    Conversation:

    • As an employee, you have been told by your supervisors that you are not a friend to the people that you support, you are a paid professional. What if that person no longer receives services from your employer and you want to develop a friendship?
    • What if privacy rules prevent you from being able to contact this person?

    Learning Objectives:

    • An opportunity to observe an Ethical Discussion
    • An opportunity to contribute to an Ethical Discussion in a non-threatening environment
    • An opportunity to hear differing perspectives on the topic
    The Autism Advantage - unleashing the unique gifts of people with Autism in the workplace (Part 1)

    Speaker: JOY HEWITT & GARTH JOHNSON, METICULON CONSULTING

    Autism affects one in 68 children being born in Canada today, with over 400,000 Canadians with Autism who are work-able being unemployed.  These Canadians often have post-secondary education but have never worked in anything more than a subsistence-level job.  Given the right work environment, engaged in work that is particularly suited to their gifts, Canadians with Autism have a key role to play in our labour-starved workplace. Meticulon recognizes the opportunities that can be realized by working with this population, Come learn about how skills are assessed, employers are prepared to succeed, and people with autism are thriving with the right job in the right environment.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn why people with Autism are gifted and thrive in roles which require precise attention to detail, exceptional accuracy, and diligence or endurance performing repetitive and highly structured tasks.
    • A detailed overview of Meticulon’s skills assessment, ability mapping, and job training process will be a key part of the learning experience here.
    • Discussion around opportunities for people with autism in the technology and data management sectors will be intended to inspire dialogue about opportunities in other market sectors.
  • 2:00 P.M. - 2:10 P.M.
    Mid-Afternoon Break Session
  • 2:10 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.
    Difficult Conversations (Part 2)

    Speaker: DAVID FALK

    This session will introduce participants to a fresh and engaging way to clear up misunderstandings, recover from mistakes and transform arguments at work, in the community and at home.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify patterns of interpersonal conflict
    • Develop skills to prevent and recover from misunderstandings
    • Develop skills to resolve/transform disagreements
    Family-Centred Service (Part 2)

    Speaker: PETER ROSENBAUM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Will delve deeper into Family-centred service and tools for application.

    I Need A Break - Respite Services: The Old & The New

    Speakers: BEVERLEY TEMPLE, ALWINE WILLOUGHBY, TOBY MARTIN

    This presentation will share a review of respite service models used around the world, followed by the results of a local survey of respite service needs (both met and unmet). It will also describe elements of a vision for an expanded continuum of service in Manitoba. Discussion of audience’s perspective and experiences of services will be encouraged.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Review of current respite programing at St.Amant and world wide.
    • Presentation of results of a local respite survey developed by St.Amant.
    • Future planning for respite services based on global literature review and survey information.
    The Direct Support Professional Competency Connection

    Speaker: JOHN RAFFAELE - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    The cornerstone of every profession is a standardized set of competencies with which all practitioners carry out their craft. The NADSP Core Competencies are used as the foundation for direct support professionals who work in all types of community-based settings. This session will introduce NADSP Core Competencies in an engaging, though-provoking and fun manner. The audience will break into small groups and discuss the competencies…and then the fun.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will understand the importance of competence in direct support practice as defined by national standards.
    • Participants will be able to evaluate direct support performance by standardized competencies.
    • Participants will define quality by referring to competency based performance evaluation as dictated by core competencies.
    Short Multimedia Presentations

    A short series of slides/multimedia on developmental disabilities and autism with narration, looped continuously throughout the conference.

    Ethics: Advocating or Not for Medical Screening

    The Ethics Sessions are facilitated conversations in which participants are encouraged to explore the topic presented. These sessions are not presentations; the facilitators will help to keep the conversation on topic and may provide information or probes to help stimulate thoughts from a variety of perspectives. Contributing to the conversation is not mandatory; however, people will be encouraged to share their views in a non-threatening environment.

    Conversation:

    • Do people with disabilities have access to the same preventative medical screening as others in the community?
    • As an advocate for a person with a disability, what is your role when supporting at a medical appointment?
    • What if the doctor, or medical professional, advises that the person that you are supporting doesn’t require screening, despite being the age and gender that would indicate they should be tested?
    • In what circumstances would it be appropriate to advocate against preventative screening?

    Learning Objectives:

    • An opportunity to observe an Ethical Discussion
    • An opportunity to contribute to an Ethical Discussion in a non-threatening environment
    • An opportunity to hear differing perspectives on the topic
    The Autism Advantage - unleashing the unique gifts of people with Autism in the workplace (Part 2)

    Speaker: JOY HEWITT & GARTH JOHNSON, METICULON CONSULTING

    Autism affects one in 68 children being born in Canada today, with over 400,000 Canadians with Autism who are work-able being unemployed.  These Canadians often have post-secondary education but have never worked in anything more than a subsistence-level job.  Given the right work environment, engaged in work that is particularly suited to their gifts, Canadians with Autism have a key role to play in our labour-starved workplace. Meticulon recognizes the opportunities that can be realized by working with this population, Come learn about how skills are assessed, employers are prepared to succeed, and people with autism are thriving with the right job in the right environment.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn why people with Autism are gifted and thrive in roles which require precise attention to detail, exceptional accuracy, and diligence or endurance performing repetitive and highly structured tasks.
    • A detailed overview of Meticulon’s skills assessment, ability mapping, and job training process will be a key part of the learning experience here.
    • Discussion around opportunities for people with autism in the technology and data management sectors will be intended to inspire dialogue about opportunities in other market sectors.
  • 3:10 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
    Nutrition Break
  • 3:30 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Keynote: Direct Support Professionals Can and Will Change the World! Stories to Prove it.

    Speaker: JOHN RAFFAELE - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Using stories and real life events John will show the importance of seeing direct support workers as professionals. He will tell several stories of direct support excellence. He will also discuss the five elements that make a profession, which direct support has. More than anything people will walk away from this endnote address with the inspiration and understanding that direct support professionals can partner with people who experience disability and change the world!