Engaging health care professionals to improve the health and wellbeing across the life span for persons with a developmental disability.

Conference Goal

The Health and Wellbeing Conference provides a forum for over 200 health care professionals, students, educators, caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities, social workers, academic researchers, and strategic decision makers from across Canada to help improve the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities.


After participating in this conference, participants will be able to discuss the health and wellbeing across the life span for persons with a developmental disability in terms of:

  • Effective practices to improve health and wellbeing
  • How interprofessional collaboration can improve the delivery of health care
  • Innovative and emerging practices and outcomes in the assessment and treatment of complex needs
  • The role of community health care in providing appropriate care.

Who Should Attend

  • Health care professionals
  • Developmental service providers
  • Students in health care disciplines
  • Caregivers
  • Academic faculty and researchers
  • Policy and decision makers


The format will include plenaries, workshops and an interactive poster session.

Hosted by:

The Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSC) are a way of linking specialized services and professionals to pool their expertise to treat and support adults who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs and/or challenging behaviours (ie. dual diagnosis) in the communities where they live. The Networks bring together people from a variety of sectors including developmental services, health, research, education and justice in a common goal of improving the coordination, access and quality of services for these individuals who have complex needs.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows CPD to review and assess educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The American Medical Association, and The European Union for Medical Specialties (EUMS), CPD is permitted to assign respective credits.

Letters of Accreditation/Attendance

Letters of accreditation/attendance will be available online following the course. Participants will be emailed information within two weeks specifying how to obtain their letter of accreditation/attendance online.