An Agency Guide to the Adults Living with an Intellectual Disability Act (ALIDA)


Abilities Manitoba, with support from The Province of Manitoba, brings you this training on The Agency Guide To The Adults Living With An Intellectual Disability Act (formerly the VPA). Employees of service providers funded through Community Living Disability Services are eligible to attend the training for free. Online sessions run 4 hours, and in-person sessions run 7 hours. Questions and requests for accommodation can be sent to Abilities Manitoba at or 431-688-6108.

To register for an upcoming session, and for more details, visit the Abilities Manitoba website 

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Abilities Manitoba eLearning


Abilities Manitoba has a number of eLearning modules that are free and available on demand. These modules were created with Direct Support Professionals in mind, but anyone is welcome! You can begin at the beginning or skip ahead to topics and areas that you are most interested in. Below you will find the different topic areas (or stops along your learning journey) to choose from.

Each topic opens up on a new page where you will find short videos, activities, and additional resources that are designed to deepen your practice in this area. 

Building Connection
Decision Making & Choice
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RRC Polytech 

Disability and Community Support Program


Learn to support children and adults with disabilities in a variety of community settings and create inclusive environments for people living with disabilities, supporting individuals in their personal and professional goals.

Through the Disability and Community Support Program, you will develop the knowledge, skills and values required to support and enhance the lives of people with disabilities. You’ll learn to support people in their personal development, relationships and individual pursuits across various settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, communities and alternative day services.

As part of your education, you’ll gain real work experience alongside a variety of direct support professionals (DSP) through practicum placements and experiential fieldwork opportunities.

As a Disability and Community Support student, you can choose to complete a one-year certificate or enhance your employment potential and explore advanced opportunities through a two-year diploma.

Certificate: After completing the first year of this program, you can choose to graduate with a Disability and Community Support certificate and start your career.

Diploma: Choose to continue your education and graduate with a Disability and Community Support diploma.

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Beyond Limits

Canada’s Conference for Diversity and Accessibility


The name "Beyond Limits" expresses the boundless potential and ambition of the people our sector supports across Canada. 

Every fall, Beyond Limits hosts their annual conference. Visit their website for information about conference dates and upcoming virtual events throughout the year.

With a focus on practical tools, behaviour, research, technology, ethics, and best-practice, Beyond Limits will leave you with practical strategies and information to allow professionals, para-professionals and decision makers to better support the people they serve.

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Open Future Learning


Open Future Learning is one of our favourite resources for online training! 

Experience the transformative power of stories, dedicated specialists, engaging content, and flexible learning options with Open Future Learning. Their collaborations feature renowned thinkers and storytellers such as Dave Hingsburger, Beth Mount, and more, ensuring dynamic insights into intellectual disabilities. Engage with their diverse modules covering Active Support, Person-Centered Approaches, and Supported Employment. Utilize interactive multimedia tools, including graphics and films with closed captions, for immersive learning experiences. Foster action learning through reflective action-planning functions, empowering you to apply newfound knowledge directly to your support work. Accessible across devices, their Audio Learning Modules enable learning on the go, while Side by Side Learning Modules promote collaborative learning experiences. Open Future Learning revolutionizes your approach to support, offering comprehensive resources that redefine professional growth. 

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David Pitonyak



David's consulting practice, Imagine, is dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities and exhibit, what some have called, “difficult behaviors.” In his view, what’s most needed when a person engages in difficult behaviors is imagination. The story-line that is floating around about the person is a major part of the problem. What’s needed is a new story.

His practice is based upon a simple idea: difficult behaviors result from unmet needs. In a sense, difficult behaviors are messages which can tell us important things about a person and the quality of his or her life. People with difficult behaviors are often missing:

  • Meaningful and enduring relationships
  • A sense of safety and well-being
  • Joy in ordinary and everyday places
  • Power and choice
  • A sense of value and self-worth
  • Relevant skills and knowledge
  • Supporters who are themselves supported

Throughout David's website you will find articles, publications, and videos that facilitate independent learning. David also offers workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses by special arrangement. 

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The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)


Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.

Investing in the professional development of employees builds internal expertise that has a direct impact on people receiving supports, in very practical ways. CQL offers numerous workshops, trainings, and other events - both in-person and virtual - where attendees receive in-depth information about a wide range of topics to transform services.


Why Is CQL Training Important?

CQL draws upon decades of extensive experience from their team to share leading philosophies and emerging practices to improve the lives of people supported. Their training options focus on equipping your staff and your organization with tools to deliver the highest quality of services possible. Staff development is a clear statement that people matter, employees are important, and the quality of supports being provided make a difference.

What Does CQL Training Entail?

CQL knows that organizations have unique needs to be addressed. CQL works to confront this with solutions that positively impact the lives of youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. Their trainers utilize interactive activities, impactful data, vibrant discussion, dynamic presentations, and more, to educate and inform attendees about the very best in human services.

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