ENabling VISion And Growing Expectations

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Parenting typically-developing children is a tough task; parenting children with developmental disabilities takes an additional toll on parents’ physical and mental health and wellbeing. Contemporary 21st century ideas about health and disability are changing the way we think, act, and talk about childhood disability. These ideas have been ‘packaged’ into a program of 5 interactive workshops for parents whose children have recently been diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental condition.

This program, called ENVISAGE: ENabling VISion And Growing Expectations, is a series of online workshops developed in partnership by parents, clinicians and researchers across Canada and Australia. ENVISAGE aims to improve parents’ well-being and help them feel more competent, confident and empowered.

How can I get involved?


The ENVISAGE research program is ready to be studied! At present, we are recruiting parents raising children under age 6 with neurodevelopmental disabilities to take part in the five workshops and tells us what they think.

To learn more about this study, please see our recruitment poster and contact the research coordinator:

Project Team

Principal Investigator              Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, CanChild

Co-Principal Investigator        Dr. Laura Miller, Australian Catholic University

Associate Investigator             Prof Christine Imms, Australian Catholic University

Associate Investigator             Prof Jenny Ziviani, University of Queensland

Associate Investigator             Dr. Andrea Cross, CanChild

Associate Investigator             Ms. Vicki Cavalieros, Australian Catholic University  

Associate Investigator              Ms. Rachel Martens, CanChild

Investigator/Researcher          Ms. Abha Balram, Australian Catholic University

Investigator/Researcher          Dr. Kinga Pozniak, CanChild

Investigator/Researcher          Ms. Monika Novak Pavlic, CanChild

Research Assistant                   Ms. Debbie Hughes


This research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($379 000) and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine ($25,000).

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