7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan

COVID-19 Update (May 22, 2020)

The conference committee for the 7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan has made the decision for this event to be held as an online learning opportunity.

The length and format of this virtual conference is to be finalized but we are still soliciting abstracts for virtual poster presentations. The deadline to submit an abstract for a virtual poster is June 10, 2020.


Conference Description

The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes. Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2020 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize the quality of life for people with DD. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with people with DD, and their families, in partnership to improve their quality of life experience. The conference will also provide educational and informative psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health updates specific to people with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review evidence based clinical best practices in physical, mental health and education for people with DD
  • Explore new research in physical, mental health and education for individuals with DD
  • Identify core issues and challenges facing individuals with DD and their families
  • Consider ways to build partnerships to maximize health and wellbeing
  • Develop connections, share knowledge and common experiences with others involved in the field of DD