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  • Bridging the gap: from evidence to improved health for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • November 16, 2016
  • The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ulster University & Health SIRG presents:

    Bridging the gap: from evidence to improved health for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Hilton Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    June 19-21, 2017

    For information, please contact

    Dr. Laurence Taggart: l.taggart@ulster.ac.uk

    Full details of conference to follow shortly.

  • Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism: Call for Papers

  • November 15, 2016
  • CCDDA 2017

    The Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism, presented by St.Amant, 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. A list of presenters and program will be up within the next few months. Registration opens in early 2017 at www.ccdda.ca.

    Call for papers

    You have knowledge, information and best practices to share and we have a group of 550+ conference delegates that will find your presentation valuable. Our conference participants are looking for innovative trends, real-life examples and clear information relevant and applicable to the work they do every day. Submit your application by November 30, 2016. CLICK HERE to download the application form.

    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.

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  • Seeking input from parents of children with autism about experiences of support

  • July 14, 2016
  • A York University study is looking to hear from parents of children with autism about the kinds of social support they receive and want. We know that social support can be immensely helpful for families, and the research shows a link between good support and lower levels of stress, anxiety, and burden. This support may come from friends, family, co-workers, neighbours or formal services like the ones provided by St.Amant.

    While we know social support is helpful, we still have questions and there are gaps in the research. We know very little about the factors that can help promote social support for parents. Who receives solid social support? Who is at risk of being isolated or disconnected from a social support network? How can we foster these social connections?

    This study aims to answer these questions. This work is led by Suzanne Robinson, a doctoral student in the clinical-developmental psychology program at York University, along with her supervisor, Dr. Jonathan Weiss.

    What does this study involve?

    Parents can participate by completing an online questionnaire (paper copies are also available). This questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. Parents are also invited to complete shorter follow-up questionnaires 6 and 12 months later if they are interested. Participating parents are entered in a raffle for $50 gift certificates, as thanks.

    Who can participate?

    Any parent of a school-aged child with a diagnosis of autism, living in Canada. The person with autism needs to currently be between 5 and 18 years of age.

    Participation is absolutely voluntary and your decision to not participate will not influence your relationship with the researchers, York University, or St. Amant. This research has been reviewed and approved by St.Amant’s Research Ethics Board, and York University’s Ethics Review Board, and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines.

    If you have any questions or would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please contact Suzanne Robinson at srobinso@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 44032. You can see more work being done by this research lab by visiting their websites at http://ddmh.lab.yorku.ca/ and http://asdmentalhealth.ca/.

  • The Impact of Autism Service Intensity on Children’s Outcomes

  • March 17, 2016
  • St.Amant Research Centre examined archival data of a community-based early intensive behavioural intervention program to determine the effect service intensity has on outcome measures in different domains for children with autism spectrum disorder. Overall, we found that children showed significant improvements after one year of early intensive behavioural intervention service, and that treatment intensity may influence outcomes even at relatively high levels.

    Read more in our latest Research Rundown project summary.

  • St.Amant Presents 24th Annual Canadian Conference On Developmental Disabilities And Autism

  • March 1, 2016
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    With a specific focus on practical tools, behaviour, research, ethics, and best practice, this conference will leave you with innovative strategies and information to better support individuals with developmental disabilities and autism.

    Presented by St.Amant


    Early Bird Pricing Until April 15

    1 day: $225 (includes networking & cocktail event at the end of May 4)

    2 days: $400 (includes networking & cocktail event at the end of May 4)

    Visit www.ccdda.ca to see over 40 speakers scheduled
    on various topics and register today.



    Loretta Claiborne: Journey To Be Fearless

    Loretta grew up during the Civil Rights era partially blind with a developmental disability. The odds were stacked against her. One day, she found Special Olympics and everything changed. She excelled as a world-class runner and became 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.

    Don Gallant: Community Living Movement In Canada

    Don is a principal consultant with a social policy and planning agency-providing support to both public and private sectors to advance social well-being and inclusion, especially for persons with disabilities.

    He has had a long-standing relationship with the community living movement.

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

    Seeing all services as human services, Frank draws upon over 30 years of experience as an ER technician, a high school teacher, a health care administrator, marketing executive and entertainer.

    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.

    Lorraine Fox: Humour In The Workplace

    Lorraine walked into the world of child and youth care in 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, training public service employees serving welfare and child protective clients and their community partners.

    She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a doctoral certificate in organizational development, and is a Certified Child Care Worker.