The 4th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference
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Final program will shortly be announced.
Wednesday, October 22 – Friday, October 24, 2014
The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC
The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. These concerns impact significantly on the affected individual’s quality of life as well as their families, caregivers and the community.
This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The conference will focus on life transitions across the lifespan and health and mental health challenges associated with school transition, entering adult life and aging. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to maximize health and wellbeing so as to minimize disability and improve quality of life. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.
- To promote best practices in physical and mental health for individuals with developmental disabilities during multiple life transitions
- Maximize health and wellbeing in order to minimize disability and improve quality of life
- Share knowledge and common experiences with others working in the field
- Leslie Rubin, MD, President, Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability; Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine; Co-director, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Emory University; Medical Director, Developmental Pediatrics Specialists, Atlanta, GA
- Lillian Thorpe, M.D. Ph.D. FRCP, Geriatric psychiatrist, Saskatoon Health Region, Professor, Departments of Community Health & Epidemiology and Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Professor
- Jeremy Turk, MD, BSc (Hons), FRCPsych, FRCPCH, DCH, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Neurodevelopmental Service, London, UK
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