COVID-19 and IDD Webinar Series
Webinar 2 – Mental Health Research and Practice

July 14, 2020 | 1200-1330 hours EDT

Mental Health Research and Practice

Jointly sponsored by IASSIDD, Continuing Professional Development, Facultyof Medicine, University of Toronto, and Surrey Place, Toronto.

Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD), such as autism and Down Syndrome, are not only more susceptible to COVID-19 but have also been facing more significant physical and mental health challenges during the pandemic. Bringing together front-line clinicians caring for people with IDD and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties, this webinar series will focus on what has been learnt about this group in relation to COVID-19, the practical implications of their health, and how to move forward.

Video recording, presentation slides, and webinar resources:

Key Presenter

Prof. Mindy Scheithauer, Psychologist & Program Manager; Severe Behavior Program, Marcus Autism Center; Assistant Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University’s School of Medicine; Co-Chair of IASSIDD’s Challenging Behaviours and Mental Health Special Interest Research Group (SIRG).


Prof. Ivan Brown, IASSIDD Vice-President, Policy and Education, Director of IASSIDD Academy, and IASSIDD SIRG Coordinator. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Disability Studies, Brock University, Canada.


Mr. Victor Pereiraan, Self-Advocate, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Ian Casson, Clinical Lead, Physical Health, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program (DDPCP), Surrey Place; Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University; Chair, Developmental Disabilities Member Interest Group; College of Family Physicians of Canada; Member, IASSIDD Health SIRG

Dr. Elspeth Bradley, Clinical Lead, Mental Health, DDPCP, Surrey Place; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada; Member, IASSIDD Challenging Behaviours and Mental Health SIRG

Prof. John Heng, Consultant, DDPCP, Surrey Place; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Disabilities Studies and Thanatology Programs, King’s University College, Western University, Canada; Board Member, IASSIDD Ethics SIRG and The Vanier Research Centre.

Moderator, Question and Answer Session

Dr. William F. Sullivan, Clinical Lead, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place, Toronto, Canada; Family Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team, Toronto; Associate Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Accreditation Information

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – Section 1 – 1 hour
College of Family Physicians Canada – 1 Mainpro+ credit

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) is the first and only world-wide group dedicated to the scientific study of intellectual disability.

Founded in 1964 as the International Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency, IASSIDD is an international, interdisciplinary and scientific non-governmental organization which promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities.


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