Save the dates!
CCDDA 2017 – June 14 & 15

With a specific focus on practical tools, behaviour, research, ethics, and best-practice, the Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism will leave you with practical strategies and information to allow professionals, para-professionals and decision makers to better support the individuals they serve.

Speaker Notes

If we receive any speaker notes they will be shared on our website over the next few days.

2016 Keynotes

Loretta Claiborne: Journey To Be Fearless

LorettaLoretta grew up during the Civil Rights era partially blind with a developmental disability. She was the middle child of seven siblings born to a single mother and she did not walk or talk until the age of four. The odds were stacked against her. One day, she found Special Olympics and everything changed. Her anger was channeled to excelling as a world-class runner and becoming an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Today, Loretta holds honorary doctorates from Villanova University and Quinnipiac College, converses in five languages, was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and sits on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Loretta utilizes the power of sport to create social change and inclusion and to promote development and peace.

Frank Pastizzo: Common Practices That Most Positively And Negatively Impact Performance

FrankPastizzo-233x300Seeing all services as human services, Frank draws upon over thirty years of experience as an Emergency Room Technician, a high school English and Drama and Special Education Teacher, a Health Care Administrator, Marketing Executive, Professional Actor, Comic, and Musician. His energetic programs are sparked with comedy, live music, and poignant stories from the arenas of business, health care, and education to assist our workplaces in reflecting the values of kindness and respect.

Don Gallant: Community Living Movement In Canada

GallantDon Gallant is Principal Consultant with Don Gallant and Associates – a social policy and planning agency providing support and consultation to both public and private sectors so as to advance and promote social well-being and inclusion, especially for persons with disabilities. Don has had a long-standing relationship with the community living movement and the Canadian Association for Community Living in particular. He has served as CACL Senior Policy Advisor and for many years was the National Coordinator for the CACL Community Inclusion Initiative. Today he serves as National Director for the Ready Willing and Able initiative.

Lorraine Fox: Humour In The Workplace

lorraineLorraine holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a doctoral certificate in organizational development, and is a Certified Child Care Worker. She walked into the world of child and youth care in September, 1964 and found her calling working with children and youth who were declared “emotionally disturbed” as a result of abuse and neglect. In addition to extensive work with private service agencies, Lorraine is a contract instructor with the University of California, Davis, and the San Diego State University Foundation, training public service employees serving welfare and child protective clients and their community partners.