Aging and Developmental Disabilities (ADD) Community of Practice

Publication/Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In the past, the number of seniors with a developmental disability has been relatively small. As life spans increase, planning and partnerships across the continuum of care become essential to build new knowledge and strengthen system capacity. Seniors with a developmental disability need — and have the right to — services and supports.

The Aging & Developmental Disabilities CoP works to create new knowledge about aging and developmental disabilities that will enable individuals, caregivers and organizations to support people with a developmental disability as they age.  We are committed to accomplishing this through collaboration between the Developmental Disability and Seniors Sectors; creating new evidence-based approaches to planning and service delivery;  and focusing on innovative and creative models of support.  Attitude changes and relationship building are key to enabling knowledge uptake and "on the ground" action and change.

Read on to see our past newsletter and our sub-groups ("Dementia and Developmental Disabilities", "Walk in My Shoes", "Putting U in U-First", "Showcase Projects", and others)

Past Projects:

June 2013 Newsletter

Dementia and Developmental Disabilities
Webinar on June 27, 2012 titled: “Dementia and Adults with Intellectual Disability: Current Initiatives to Address Needs”.  Dr. Nancy Jokinen presented preliminary findings from the research project, “Learning & Information Needs of Family and Staff Caregivers of Adults with an Intellectual Disability who have Dementia.”  Dr. Seth Keller also provided an overview on the efforts of The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG).

Walk in my Shoes
“Walk in my Shoes” is a community and system development project that promotes relationship building between the two sectors by matching willing participants to spend a day in the “other” sector.  Participants are provided with learning templates, an opportunity to participate in an on-line discussion forum, and assistance with building the cross sector relationships that are part of making this initiative work.

U-First! – “Putting You in U-First!
This project promotes cross sector collaboration and learning. The CoP supports this project to increase awareness of the availability and benefits of U-First! Training.   U-First! trainers from both the Developmental Disability and Seniors Sectors meet to discuss and plan U-First! Training sessions to help increase awareness for agencies and to promote the registration of staff for this training.  Planning is in progress to host cross-sector U-First trainings in four areas of the Province (Central East - Simcoe, Central West – Halton, Central – Hamilton and Toronto).

Be part of an active community committed to learning about Aging and Developmental Disabilities! We currently have approximately 700 members. We welcome everyone to join – persons with a developmental disability, families, direct support workers, personal support workers, supervisors, managers, health care professionals, clinicians, social workers, educators, researchers, policy makers and more.


The Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSCs) were set up by the Ministry of Community and Social Services across the province of Ontario. The function of these networks is to address the needs of adults (18+) who have a developmental disability, mental health needs and/or challenging behaviours. There are four networks across the province. To access a contact in your area, please click here.

Sandy Stemp, Co-Lead
Executive Director
905.889.2690 ext.2227