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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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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RRC Polytech

Create inclusive environments for people living with disabilities, supporting individuals in their personal and professional goals.


Learn to support children and adults with disabilities in a variety of community settings.

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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