Our History

Beyond Limits: Canada’s Conference for Diversity and Accessibility was initially founded in the 1990’s as an internal conference for St.Amant staff. It later rebranded as the Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism (CCDDA). With an aim of serving the broader sector beyond the doors of St.Amant, this annual gathering was committed to enhancing the quality of supports and services for people with disabilities. The conference was presented by St.Amant and attended by its employees as well as other partners such as educators, clinicians and other disability service organizations across Manitoba.

In 2020, the conference once again rebranded to Beyond Limits: Canada’s Conference for Diversity and Accessibility. With the rebrand we received a fresh new look and website. While the conference continues to be presented by St.Amant, the planning committee is made up of representatives from various community partners. Beyond Limits continues to serve the disability sector by bringing quality education and connection opportunities through our annual conference and ongoing events. Our aim is to reach a broader audience including health care workers, clinicians, educators, community organizations, and people with lived experience of disability.

While we continue to support quality educational experiences for people experiencing intellectual disability and autism, our goal is to look beyond labels so that we can come together to make our communities more accessible for all. By coming together to share expertise and knowledge, we can enhance the quality and accessibility of services for people with additional support needs.

The committee hopes to build on this legacy to honor the work that has been done over the past three decades!

Thank you for being a part of our History!