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ABLED  (Advocates  for  Bringing  Light  to  and  Educating  on  Disabilities)  in  
collaboration  with  the  Family  Medicine  Club  and  Pediatric  Interest  Group  
present:  

 

Unmasking    
the  Stigma  
 

featuring  first-­‐hand  stories  and  educational  discussions  surrounding  the  social  and  
medical  triumphs  and  tragedies  experienced  by  patients  with  impairments,  their  
families,  and  healthcare  providers  
 

JANUARY  9,  2016  
9:15am  –  4:15pm  

 

University  of  Saskatchewan  
Health  Sciences  Building  
107  Wiggins  Road  
Saskatoon,  Saskatchewan  

(Photographs  by  Maple  Liu)  

CONFERENCE  SCHEDULE  OVERVIEW  
 

Time  
9:15am  –  9:40am    
9:40am  –  10:00am    

 
Event  
Registration  –  Health  Sciences  Building,  E  Wing  Foyer  
Opening  Remarks  –  Room  E1150  
&  Nervous  System  Reset  with  Saskatoon  PhysioYoga  
10:00am  –  11:00am   Keynote  
Dr.  Patricia  Blakley  
Speaker    
Topic:  Beyond  Developmental  Disabilities    
(Room  E1150)  
11:00am  –  11:15am   Refreshment  Break  
11:15am  –  12:15pm   Breakout  
1.1:  Autism  
1.2:  Cerebral  Palsy    
Session  #1  
Spectrum  Disorder     (Room  E1130)  
 
(Room  E1150)  
                         
Ms.  April  Griffin  
Ms.  Juliegh  Clarke  &  
 
Alexis  Kindrachuk  
                             
Ms.  Caitlin  Stickney  &   Ms.  Cathleen  Adolph  
Mr.  Alex  Scott    
12:15pm  –  1:00pm     Lunch  &  Display  Booths/Networking  –  
Health  Sciences  Building,  E  Wing  Foyer  
1:00pm  –  2:00pm  
Breakout  
2.1:  Tell  It  Like  it  is  
2.2:  Learning  
Session  #2  
(Room  E1150)  
Disabilities  
(Room  E1130)  
Ms.  Michelle  Apps  
Ms.  Eldeen  Kabatoff  
2:00pm  –  2:10pm    
Refreshment  Break  
2:10pm  –  3:10pm  
Breakout  
3.1:  Creative  Options   3.2:  Living  with  
Session  #3  
Regina  &  PhysioYoga   Cerebral  Palsy  
 
(Room  E1150)  
(Room  E1130)  
                             
Ms.  Mandy  Boersch     Ms.  Nicole  Bear  
                             
Ms.  Linda  Boryski,  
Ms.  Kimberly  
Deschamps,  &    
Ms.  Natalie  Bishop    
3:10pm  –  3:20pm    
Refreshment  Break  
3:20pm  –  4:10pm    
Panel  
Panelists:  
Discussion    
-­‐ Dr.  Jennifer  Chlan-­‐Fourney  
(Room  E1150)  
-­‐ Ms.  Nicole  Bear  
-­‐ Ms.  April  Griffin  
4:10pm  –  4:15pm  
Closing  Remarks  –  Room  E1150  
 
 

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KEYNOTE    
10:00am  –  11:00am  
Room  E1150  
Dr.  Patricia  Blakley  (Bsc,  PhD,  MD,  FRCPC)  

Faculty  in  Developmental  Pediatrics  
Medical  Director  at  the  Alvin  Buckwold  Early  Childhood  Development  Program  
Associate  Dean  of  Medical  Education  at  the  University  of  Saskatchewan  College  
of  Medicine  

 
Title:  Beyond  Developmental  Disabilities  
By  the  end  of  this  presentation,  participants  will  be  able  to  
— Discuss  the  prevalence  of  developmental  disabilities  
— Describe  the  needs  of  individuals  with  developmental  d isabilities  
— Identify  what  is  helpful  and  what  is  hurtful  when  interacting  with  
individuals  with  developmental  disabilities  and  their  caregivers  

 

CONCURRENT  SESSIONS  
11:15am  –  12:15pm    
Breakout  Session  #1.1:  Autism  Spectrum  Disorder  
Room  E1150  
 

Speaker:  April  Griffin  
Title:  Removing  Barriers,  Stigma,  &  Stereotypes  and  the  Importance  of  Autism  Education  
Description:  April  Griffin  is  an  Artist  with  Autism  who  was  diagnosed  at  age  36.  Since  diagnosis  she  
became  active  within  autistic  communities  and  uses  art  to  raise  Autism  awareness  and  
acceptance.  She  will  discuss  how  stigma  affects  people  with  Autism  in  education,  in  medical  
situations,  in  trying  to  achieve  self-­‐determination,  within  communities,  and  when  seeking  
employment.    She  will  give  examples  of  situations  that  repeat  themselves  locally  and  all  over  the  
world  and  discuss  ways  we  could  change  how  the  world  views  Autism  to  bridge  the  gaps  between  
Autistic  individuals  and  the  systems  meant  to  help  us.    

 
Speakers:    
Caitlin  Stickney,  Autism  Services,  Day  Program  Manager  
 
 
Alex  Scott,  Autism  Services,  Director  of  Family  Programs  
Title:  Autism  and  Healthcare  Access:  Our  Stories  
Description:  Caitlin  and  Alex  will  give  an  overview  of  the  services  Autism  Services  of  Saskatoon  
offers,  and  share  some  of  the  challenges  and  successes  that  their  clients  have  had  in  accessing  
healthcare  in  the  community.  

 

 

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Breakout  Session  #1.2:  Cerebral  Palsy  
Room  E1130  
Speaker:  Juliegh  Clarke  (MPT)  &  Alexis  Kindrachuck  (MPT)  
Title:  Cerebral  Palsy  and  Physical  Therapy    
Description:  This  session  will  be  a  brief  overview  of  the  physical  therapy  management  of  children  

with  cerebral  palsy  in  b oth  acute  and  community  settings.  It  will  briefly  go  over  the  different  types  of  
cerebral  palsy,  early  warning  signs  for  d iagnosis,  and  some  of  the  d ifferent  techniques  physical  
therapists  use  to  improve  the  function  and  quality  of  life  of  children  with  this  disorder.  

 
Speaker:  Cathleen  Adolph,  Northern  Saskatchewan  Independent  Living  Centre  
Title:  I  Am  Able:  A  Firsthand  Account  of  the  Triumphs  and  Tragedies  of  Living  with  Cerebral  
Palsy    
Description:  Born  three  months  premature,  Cathleen’s  life  was  more  about  what  she  terms  the  
“UNables”,  or  things  that  she  was  not  able  to  easily  do  as  a  person  living  with  d isability.  As  she  grew,  
she  strove  towards  independence  with  an  attitude  of  courage  and  bravery,  choosing  to  focus  on  her  
abilities,  rather  than  other’s  limited  prejudices  and  perceptions  of  the  list  of  “UNables”.    Cathleen  will  
share  her  personal  story,  including  the  role  that  healthcare  providers  and  services  have  played  in  her  
journey.    

CONCURRENT  SESSIONS  
1:00pm  –  2:00pm      
Breakout  Session  #2.1:    
Room  E1150  
Speaker:  Michelle  Apps,  Tell  It  Like  It  Is,  Social  Worker  
Title:  Tell  It  Like  It  Is:  Talk  About  Those  Things  No  One  Seems  to  Want  to  Talk  About  

Description:  This  session  will  provide  an  overview  of  Creative  Options  Regina  (COR)’s  nine-­‐week  
education  series,  “Tell  It  Like  It  Is”.  The  series  is  aimed  to  assist  diverse  learners  and  the  people  who  
support  them  in  making  life  choices  that  promote  optimal  health  and  wellness  in  all  dimensions  of  
life.  Communication,  personal  health  and  hygiene,  online  safety,  sex  education,  STI  and  p regnancy  
information,  informed  decision  making,  and  consent  are  examples  of  some  of  the  topics  covered.  We  
will  discuss  how  “Tell  It  Like  It  Is”  has  evolved  given  feedback  from  participants  and  how  this  
feedback  may  be  beneficial  for  a  health  professional  to  hear.  Finally,  we  n arrow  in  and  will  focus  on  
the  importance  of  providing  p eople  with  intellectual  disabilities  sex  education.  The  role  for  health  
care  p roviders  will  be  discussed,  including  how  to  tailor  communication  skills  to  be  effective  with  
individuals  with  intellectual  disabilities,  and  their  advocates.  

 
Breakout  Session  #2.2:  Learning  Disabilities    
Room  E1130  
Speaker:  Ms.  Eldeen  Kabatoff,  Program  Director,  Learning  Disabilities  Association  of  
Saskatchewan  
Title:  Learning  Disabilities  
Description:  This  session  will  review  what  a  learning  disability  is  and  how  they  are  
diagnosed.  Ms.  Kabatoff  will  provide  an  overview  of  some  of  the  most  common  learning  
disabilities  encountered  by  physicians  in  the  province  as  well  as  provide  an  explanation  of  
the  services  offered  by  the  Learning  Disabilities  of  Association  of  Saskatchewan.  
 

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CONCURRENT  SESSIONS  
2:10pm  –  3:10pm      
Breakout  Session  #3.1:    
Room  E1150  
Speaker:  Mandy  Boersch  (RPN),  Creative  Options  Regina    
Title:  Dual  Diagnosis:  A  Mental  Illness  Can  Coexist  with  an  Intellectual  Disability
Description: This  session  will  provide  a  brief  overview  of  Creative  Options  Regina  (COR)  and  the  

services  the  organization  provides  for  individuals  with  intellectual  disabilities  and  mental  health  
concerns.  The  Director  of  Mental  Health  S upport  position  at  COR  is  a  unique  one  to  Saskatchewan  
and  was  created  in  recognition  for  the  need  to  support  those  with  intellectual  disabilities  and  mental  
health  concerns.  These  individuals  have  many  differences  in  how  they  present,  communicate  and  
understand  information  and  so  require  a  d ifferent  level  of  care.  The  goal  of  this  session  will  be  to  
leave  with  an  understanding  on  how  Medical  Professionals  can  best  serve  these  individuals,  their  
families  and/or  support  teams.  

Speaker:  Linda  Boryski,  Ms.  Kimberly  Deschamps,  &  Ms.  Natalie  Bishop,  PhysioYoga  
Title:  Cultivating  Balance:  Using  Yoga  as  Medicine  to  Find  Calm  and  Foster  Independence    
Description:    This  presentation  will  show  ways  in  which  Saskatoon  PhysioYoga  practitioners  blend  

evidence-­‐based  western  rehabilitative  medicine  with  the  ancient  art  and  science  of  Yoga  through  the  
practice  of  M edical  Yoga  Therapy  (MYT).      
 
Within  the  practice  of  MYT,  the  clinician  and  client  find  ways  to  both  calm  the  nervous  system  and  
enhance  physical  strength  and  balance  through  breath  work,  visualization,  yoga  poses  and  
concentration  exercises.    It  is  this  holistic  approach  to  health,  one  that  emphasizes  the  mind-­‐body-­‐
spirit  connection  that  makes  Yoga  as  Medicine  so  effective.        
 
MYT  combines  aspects  of  rehabilitative  and  integrative  medicine,  Ayurveda  medicine,  nutrition,  
yoga,  manual  therapy,  muscle  energy  techniques,  and  myofascial  and  neurovascular  mobilization.      
With  this  amazing  combination  of  Western  and  Eastern  based  medicine,  clients  and  caregivers  
discover  tools  to  foster  greater  self-­‐reliance  and  independence  whatever  their  individual  meaningful  
tasks  may  be.    

 
Breakout  Session  #3.2:      
Room  E1130  
Speaker:  Nicole  Bear,  President  of  Saskatchewan  Cerebral  Palsy  Association  
Title:  Living  With  Cerebral  Palsy  
Description:  This  session  will  provide  insight  into  the  lives  of  two  people  who  are  living  with  

 

cerebral  palsy  and  their  contributions  to  the  Saskatchewan  Cerebral  Palsy  Association.  Personal  
experiences  and  stories  will  be  shared.    

 
 

 
 
 

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CLOSING  PANEL    
3:20pm  –  4:10pm        
Room  E1150  
Panel  Speakers:  




Dr.  Jennifer  Chlan-­‐Fourney  (Ph.D.),  Neuropsychiatry,  Professor  of  Anatomy  &  Cell  Biology  at  
the  University  of  Saskatchewan  
Ms.  April  Griffin  
Nicole  Bear,  President  of  the  Saskatchewan  Cerebral  Palsy  Association    

The  panel  discussion  will  give  the  audience  an  opportunity  to  ask  questions  to  panel  speakers.  
Major  themes  and  questions  collected  from  conference  attendees  during  conference  registration  
will  also  be  posed  to  the  panel  for  discussion.    

 

On  behalf  of  the  2016  Conference  Planning  Committee  Members:    
Nicole  Shedden,  Kayla  Parker,  Cheyenne  Lawton,  Erin  Russell,  Erin  Sheppard,  Andie  Guebert,  Oshin  
Maheshwari,  Marelize  Muller,  Tanner  Isinger,  Josh  Butcher,  Kimberley  Higgins,  Nikki  Timinski  
 

Thank  you  to  our  sponsors  and  supporters!  
 

"Fostering  Leadership  through  
Innovative  Projects"  Program  

 

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