Developmental Disabilities Program Committee
Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines
Sullivan W, Diepstra H, Heng J, Ally S, Bradley E, Casson I et al. Canadian Family Physician. April 2018;64 (4) 254-279.
Special issue on the primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Canadian Family Physician. April 1, 2018;64 (Suppl 2).
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Who we are
The Developmental Disabilities Program Committee represents all members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) who provide care to people with developmental disabilities, whether as part of their broad scope family practice or because of special interest.
Developmental Disabilities Program Committee membership
Dr. Ian Casson, Ontario
Terry Broda, Observer, Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario
Dr. Meg Gemmill, Academic Representative
Dr. Karen Anne McNeil, Atlantic provinces
Dr. Colin Boyd, Resident Representative
Dr. Samantha Sacks, Quebec
Dr. Ashleigh Sprange, Manitoba/Saskatchewan
Dr. Michelle Ross, BC/AB Representative
Dr. Bill Sullivan, Ontario
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Staff
Dr. Allan Grill, Physician Advisor, MIGS
Supported by Program and Practice Support
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Questions or comments? Contact the Developmental Disabilities Program Committee
The Developmental Disabilities Program Committee provides relevant College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) material, web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines to those with an interest in providing care to people with developmental disabilities.*
*Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site have come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.
Family Medicine Forum (FMF) presentations
Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Grier L, Sacks S. Family Medicine Forum, Montreal, Quebec, November 8, 2017.
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program has brought together clinicians with expertise in the care of adults with developmental disabilities (DD) to improve primary care and quality of life for these persons. With leadership and coordination from Surrey Place Centre, and funding from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Surrey Place Centre Foundation, Guidelines and Tools have been developed to help primary care providers to follow best practices in the care of these patients.
- 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines on IDD
- Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient’s Medical Home
- Medical Council of Canada Objectives for the Qualifying Exam
Family Medicine Curriculum ResourceThe Family Medicine Curriculum Resource (download print or web version) integrates case-based modules with a faculty handbook to assist teachers of these modules. It was developed by members of the DDPCI Curriculum Working Group chaired by Ian Casson, Queen’s University.
- FASD: How Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder impacts the life course trajectory of children, teens & adults
- Guidelines for the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 2011
Surrey Place Centre’s Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program: With leadership from the Centre, funding from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Surrey Place Centre Foundation, clinicians with expertise in primary care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (DD) have developed guidelines and tools to help primary care providers follow best practices, bridging the gap between research and practice.
Learn more about the guidelines:
Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities 2018: Canadian consensus guidelines
Family Medicine Curriculum Resource: Adults with Developmental Disabilities: The Family Medicine Curriculum Resource, developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (DDPCI) Curriculum Working Group (chaired by Ian Casson, Queen’s University), integrates case-based modules with a faculty handbook to assist teachers.
Evaluating the Implementation of Health Checks for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Primary Care: The Importance of Organizational Context
Durbin J, Selick A, Casson I, Green L, Spassiani N, Perry A, et al. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2016 Apr;54(2):136-50.
Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement: Mental health problems in children with neuromotor disabilities
Klein B. Canadian Paediatric Society Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. 2016;21(2):93-96.
Autism risk higher among kids of both older parents and teen moms, study finds
Mulholland A. CTV News: Health. 2015.