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Julie Brocklehurst

Parent Researcher

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Research and Knowledge Translation Support


Julie is a writer, an advocate and a mother to a young boy with cerebral palsy. She created her blog, ‘Tiptoeing Through’, as a place to share some of her thoughts and feelings about life, love and the unexpected journey of raising a child with a disability. Her blog has become a resource for other parents, offering support and bringing hope and encouragement to the special needs community. Julie joined the F-words in Childhood Disability Research Team on July 2014. Since then she has co-presented on the F-words multiple times and has been actively involved in developing the Knowledge Hub. Julie currently works with the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador and is a Parent Facilitator in the Strongest Families Neurodevelopmental Program.

Highlighted Presentations:

  • Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services Conference (“A family-researcher partnership: Working together to spread awareness on the ‘F-words’ in childhood disability”)

  • Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference (“The ‘F-words’ in Childhood Disability: Helping families, health care practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to think holistically and work together”)

  • Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Webinar (“The ‘F-words’ in childhood disability: A Call for ACTION – Bringing parents, clinicians and researchers together”)

  • CanChild Research Issue Presentation (“The ‘F-words in childhood disability: Should we think outside the box, or make the box bigger?”)

  • Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Research Special Interest Group (“The F-words in Childhood Disability: Embracing opportunities for knowledge translation”)