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About The Conference


Having a child diagnosed with a disability or a child who has sustained a life-altering injury can be complex and challenging for many parents and families. Their visions of the future suddenly change, and they need to adapt to their new reality.

This conference aims to touch upon the different advocacy and support programs that may help provide the best care and quality of life possible for a child or youth with neurodiversities. It will also assist parents and caregivers by providing them with the information and knowledge to successfully advocate health care professionals, medical staff, lawyers, educators, and the government.

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Conference Details

Location: A Virtual Pediatric Conference

Date: November 25, 2021

Conference Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Live Q & A Panel: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Cost: Registration is FREE

Who should attend?

You should attend this virtual conference if you are a child or youth with neurodiversities, a parent or caregiver of a child or youth with neurodiversities, clinicians, healthcare workers, rehabilitation specialists, educators, or government agencies related to pediatric populations.

What’s Included in Your Registration?

With your free registration, you will access the Pediatric Conference webinar on November 25, 2021, a video recording post-event and a copy of our “Caring For Children with Special Needs” Resource Guide. Post-conference, join the LIVE Q & A Panel, meet the presenters, and ask your questions.

Speakers and Presentations

Children and youth with neurodiversitiies require many services and interventions to improve their functioning, independence and long-term outcomes, such as support services, funding and advocacy programs.

Speakers will include:

  1. Premature Birth: Difficult Diagnoses
    Speaker: Dr. Pradeep Merchand, Head of Neonatology
  2. Advocacy
    Speakers: Jan Marin & Brenda Agnew
  3. The importance of Caregiver Support
    Speaker: Donna Thompson
  4. Resiliency: From Surviving to Thriving
    Speaker: Fabiana Bachini
  5. The Role of Parents as Partners
    Speaker: Rachel Martens
  6. Special Needs Education and Advocacy
    Speaker: Nancy Lajoie
  7. The Journey to Parasport Ontario and the Role of Physical Activity
    Speaker: Jeff Tiessen
  8. Special Needs Financial Planning
    Speaker: Jeffrey Zeldin
  9. The Importance of Community and Peer Support
    Speaker: Sarah Pot

LIVE Q & A Panel Networking Experience

We will be hosting a special live virtual Q & A and networking session from 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Register today, and you will get access to that event where you can meet the presenters and get answers to your questions.

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