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The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference—Moving from Diagnosis to Practical Strategies,

Vancouver, British Columbia
November 17 to 18, 2016

The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites,
Pre-Conference: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The term developmental disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum and related genetic syndromes such as down syndrome and fragile X syndrome. Children, youth, and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns.This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD and their families, and to improve their quality of life experience.

This conference will also provide informative educational updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals 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 interprofessional collaboration. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Featured Speakers

  • Shelley Moore—Has Inclusive Education Become Contaminated
  • Yona Lunsky—Improving Primary and Emergency Health Care for People with Developmental Disabilities: How Do You Make It Happen?
  • Dave Hingsburger—Citizenship, Selfhood and Pride
  • Katie Allen—ABA: Not Just For Autism     

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016,  join Elizabeth Turner and Chris Arnold who will be speaking on Employment for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  This free to al session will include practical ideas for success, as well as strategies to avoid common challenges in jobs.

For more information, please visit the conference website at