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


It is with heavy hearts that we inform you, due to circumstances beyond our control, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) is winding down all operations.

We want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has been involved with IPCE initiatives over the years for their efforts and commitment to IPCE and the communities they served beyond UBC. This includes committee members, exhibitors, financial contributors and attendees; thank you all for your support of our initiatives over the years. It has been a privilege to serve you, and your communities, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

The Planning Committee is working to plan future conferences on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan. You will automatically receive updates as they become available if you attended a conference in the last three years. If you did not attend our conferences but would like to receive updates please fill out this form.


Updated, January 26, 2020

Thank you for attending our virtual conference!

Please find the responses from Ross Chilton to the questions from his session, “Reimaging Community Inclusion in the Midst of a Global Pandemic” from the conference HERE.

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