Knowledge Exchange

A Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) network
sharing learning, tools and resources developed for agencies,
by agencies in the DS Sector.


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Our learning modules are designed with busy service providers in mind.

With support from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the KTT network is making the adoption of innovative approaches easy with quick, user-friendly toolkits available for you to implement within your agency.

Modules posted below currently include content from Developmental Services agencies across the province of Ontario.

For more information, please contact Amanda Mastronardi, Project Manager, REAL Xchange KTT at

Please select a module below to get started:


Professional Learning & Development Webinar Series

Stay up-to-date on featured research projects with the Professional Learning & Development Webinar Series, brought to you by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and Partners for Planning.

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Living the Vision

We all share a common vision – to see people with a developmental disability live full, meaningful lives in our communities.  Community Living Welland Pelham, C. Fast Consulting and Partners for Planning have created this Living the Vision module on independent facilitation, which helps to keep a person’s visions, desires and wishes front and centre.  Learn more about how planning and facilitation supports can help people and families start living the vision for their life.

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Workplace Learning

Onboarding new hires to a Developmental Service agency has never been easy. But never has a challenge been so significant as through this global pandemic, which requires collaboration and cooperation whenever possible. In response to this, Christian Horizons Workplace Learning is now offering their services at NO COST. These services are offered with support from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

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Re-Imagining Change: A Workbook for Creating, Embracing, and Harnessing Organizational Change

Now, more than ever, is the time to think strategically about change and this workbook provides a whole new frontier of change management. In this module you will be introduced to the fundamentals of the workbook and how to engage with the workbook meaningfully.

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jobPath: Curriculum-Based Employment Services Module

This module will introduce you to jobPath, a curriculum-based program for employment service providers and other community organizations that currently operate or are planning to operate an employment program for job seekers who have a disability.


Having Tech on Deck: Using Technology in the DS Sector

Learn about the ways technology can increase communication, collaboration, and capacity in your organization, so that you can better support the people you serve.


Cultivating Community Wellness

The Cultivating Community Wellness Initiative, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, seeks to support the mental health of Direct Support Professionals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goal of the Cultivating Community Wellness Initiative is to bring people together from across the sector to develop skills, to help each other through regular sharing and connecting with one another.


Developing a Partnership for Employment Service Delivery

This module will help you determine if establishing a partnership is a useful tool for your organization, to provide information on how to create a partnership with one or more organizations to support or enhance your program delivery, and to share with you some examples of partnerships in action.

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Employment and Modernization Funded Projects: A Look Back at Initiatives from 2015-2020

Through the Employment and Modernization Fund (EMF), developmental service agencies were supported to promote person-centered approaches in inclusive, community-based settings through a collaborative and efficient service delivery network.  In this module series, we will focus on five themes derived from these projects, sharing the body of knowledge culled from these initiatives.


Knowledge Translation & Transfer: Myth vs. Reality

Debunk common myths about knowledge translation and transfer, learn more about what knowledge translation and transfer really is and form a knowledge foundation to grasp concepts found in additional modules on the REAL Xchange.

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A Brief Introduction to Knowledge, Translation and Transfer

This module will teach you about what Knowledge, Translation and Transfer is, how KTT helps to improve the quality of supports provided to people, understand the value and importance of sharing information in a timely manner and why KTT is a continuous process.



eVantage was a pilot project that looked to revolutionize employment services by putting mainstream technology in the hands of people with disabilities, employers, and service providers helping to make workplaces more inclusive.


As Safe As Possible Learning Module

Learn how we’re educating people with an intellectual disability how to recognize and avoid victimization from crimes of human trafficking and exploitation and increasing awareness of our local Police and Justice communities about the abilities of people with an intellectual disability and how to successfully support them to obtain justice.

Smart Support Technology Enabled Services

Smart Support – Technology Enabled Services

In 2016 we received funding through the DS Housing Task Force to pilot a project that aims to enhance opportunities for people we support to reach their goals through the use of ‘right fit’ technology. Learn how we’ve successfully piloted the implementation of technology solutions such as smart devices, apps, wearables and medication dispensers.

Together One Dream Module

Together One Dream Module

Learn how we’ve successfully embedded the Together One Dream model of partnership with advocates and families in our agency’s culture.

Advocates Against Abuse

Advocates Against Abuse Module (available in French)

Learn how to implement an accessible language curriculum to help people with intellectual disabilities to identify, prevent, and report incidents of abuse. Taught by self-advocates.

Career Compass

Career Compass Module

Learn how we revitalized our employment services – providing direction to job seekers searching for meaningful employment and guiding employers in inclusive hiring.