Acknowledgements and Disclaimer

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program thanks all authors and the following for their assistance and contributions: Tom Archer, Violet Atkinson, Rob Balogh, Camille Bigras, Terry Broda, Denise Cahill, Brenda Chang, Thomas Cheetham, Cathy Deagle-Gammon, Vikram Dua, Sue Ehler, Jim Fagan, Cynthia Forster, Angela Gonzales, Laurie Green, Terri Hewitt, Barry Isaacs, Sumaiya Karim, Andrea Lauzon, Donna Lee, Alvin Loh, Sue Lukersmith, Kevin Pottie, Tammy Roode, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Amanda Sawyer, Anupam Thakur, and Janet Vogt.

Financial support

The development of these guidelines is supported financially by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and Surrey Place, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto


The aim of these guidelines is to inform family physicians and other primary care providers of the most prevalent health issues of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and optimal standards of care based on current knowledge. Any such guidelines, however, will inherently be limited in their application by the reality that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not a homogeneous group of patients and do not experience health disorders or respond to interventions in the same ways. The guidelines provide advice on reasonable standards of care in general. They are not intended to replace skilled clinical diagnoses or judgments regarding interventions based on discussions with patients and their caregivers.


These guidelines are subject to a copyright agreement between the authors and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. None of the content may be altered or published in any digital or print form without permission.