A nearly $1-million donation will help St. Amant pay for a new health-care clinic specifically for patients with developmental disabilities, new research and renovations, a news release said Wednesday.

St. Amant, which provides programs and support to people with autism and developmental disabilities in Winnipeg, is getting $950,000 from the Winnipeg Foundation.

The new money will help fund three different initiatives, St. Amant president and CEO John Leggat said in a news release.

People with developmental problems often have a difficult time finding health-care providers who understand their conditions, the release said.

The clinic will provide services to patients with disabilities and will be a training ground for medical students to teach them about developmental issues.

The remainder of the funds will go toward research and renovating one of the living spaces at St. Amant's headquarters at 440 River Rd.

"As St. Amant shifts from one of the last developmental centres in Canada to a health-care centre, we as a community need to look at the web of support available and ensure that we can help children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to live healthy lives with the most comprehensive and person-centered services possible," said Leggat.