Thanks again to everyone who joined us this year at CCDDA. We hope to see you again on October 30 & 31, 2018.

For inquiries regarding registration please contact Deadline to cancel registration for a full refund is Friday, June 9 at 4pm CT.

The Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism is an annual gathering intended to bring together a range of people committed to enhancing quality of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and autism.

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate 25 years of this educational and inspirational event.

Handouts & Presentations

Dr. Greg Hanley | Erin Riehle Part 1Part 2

Karen Copeland: Honouring Families,  Start With Strengths

Brendan Böhr | Angela Amado: New Friends ManualFriendships and Community Connections Between People With and Without Developmental Disabilities 

Dr. Charmayne Dubé

Conference Learning Objectives

Promoting Inclusion & Full Citizenship – This conference provides a forum for leaders and supporters to come together and explore successes, challenges, and reflections on promoting full inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Encouraging and advocating for all people to claim their right to full citizenship must remain a priority. We strive to showcase examples of person-centred supports, collaboration, and advocacy that lead to success in these areas.

High-Quality Health & Clinical Supports – Improving the supports and services for people to manage and advocate for high-quality health and wellness remains a central theme at this conference. Sessions led by experts in health and clinical services will be geared towards providing appropriate and collaborative supports to people and their families.

Leadership Excellence – We intend to deliver opportunities to develop skills at all levels in an organization. Our sessions will provide participants with specific tools to manage common leadership challenges, consider the impact of personal leadership styles, and approach situations in a strategic and collaborative manner.


7a6a7589-bf49-4c32-a85a-3fc7ce2d0219Joseph Macbeth – The Emerging Roles and Expectations of the Direct Support Workforce
The role and expectations of Direct Support Professionals have changed in recent years and many are driven by funders, families, and people with disabilities. This is a radical departure from which we are accustomed and will ultimately create an emphasis on personal autonomy, greater access to integrated settings and helping people to make informed choices. Joseph is the Executive Director at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for more than 30 years, beginning as a Direct Support Professional.


Andre-Picard-HiRes 2André Picard – Loneliness is the Greatest Poverty
A veteran journalist, André will examine the health and social impacts of loneliness and exclusion and the benefits of inclusion and community engagement. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of four books, most recently The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics.



Barbara Finlay has been with the Office of the Ombudsman since 2005 as Deputy Ombudsman and Director of Operations. As Deputy Ombudsman, she is responsible for the daily operations of the Ombudsman’s Office, including the investigation and resolution of more than 22,000 complaints per year from members of the Ontario public about provincial government services as well as municipalities, universities and school boards.