At the heart of the Ontario Partnership on Aging and Developmental Disabilities (OPADD) lies a network of regional committees committed to addressing the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities as they age.
These committees play a pivotal role in driving the mission of OPADD, ensuring equitable access to support services and enhancing the quality of life for older adults with developmental disabilities. Join us on this journey as we explore the invaluable contributions and achievements of these regional committees within the Reena-led OPADD initiative.
South East Region Committee on Aging and Developmental Disabilities
(Aging, Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Conference Planning Committee of South East Region)
Things We Have Done:
- Since 2007 Providence Care’s Dual Diagnosis Consultation Outreach Team has been in collaboration with the Community Network of Specialized Care to provide education events in South Eastern Ontario about Aging and Developmental Disabilities. The goal of this partnership is to build links between Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addictions, Long Term Care and Community Care for seniors who are aging with a developmental disability
- Continual education opportunities through the Community Networks of Specialized Care either in-person or through video conference. Most sessions are archived and available on the network’s website at: http://www.community-networks.ca/
- Held one-day educational workshops called, “Aging and Developmental Disabilities” at various locations, including in Picton and Kingston. Resources and information was provided about considerations and concerns about this aging population
- Provided Lunch and Learn educational sessions to SEO CCAC case managers on Monday, April 7th and Monday, April 14th, 2014
- Created educational handouts for healthcare workers provided quick tips about working with individuals with a developmental disability. Handout topics include: background and introduction to developmental disabilities, communication tips, challenging behaviour, sensory impairment/overload, gastrointestinal concerns, swallowing, pain, consent, dementia, and person-centred care.