COVID-19 and IDD Webinar Series
Webinar 1 – What are we learning?
June 23, 2020 | 1200-1330 hours EDT
HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS WITH IDD DURING COVID-19
What Are We Learning?
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.
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Description: This webinar series focuses on what we are learning about COVID-19 and adults with IDD to discuss practical implications for their health care now and moving forward. It is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Scientific Studies in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Health, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health, Ethics and IDD Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs); the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place Centre, Toronto; and Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Continuing Medical Education credits for participants will be awarded through the Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and similar bodies recognizing these credits internationally.
This series aims to bring together front-line clinicians caring for people with IDD and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties. Participants can contribute to panel discussions by responding to live polls and submitting questions. Resources and practice tips will be shared throughout the series.
William F. Sullivan, CCFP (COE), FCFP, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada, and Staff Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Medical Services, Surrey Place, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Sullivan is also Clinical Lead, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place, and Board Member, Health Special Interest Research Group (SIRG), International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) and Board Member, Ethics SIRG, IASSIDD.
Dr. Esther Bakker-van Gijssel, is Principal Clinician, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also Chair of the IASSIDD Health SIRG.
Bill Gaventa, M.Div. is the author of Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness. He is a speaker, trainer and consultant in Faith and Disability, as well as Founder and Director Emeritus, Institute on Theology and Disability (theologydisability.org, facebook), National Collaborative on Faith and Disability (faithanddisability.org).
Prof. Yona Lunsky, PhD, is Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada. She is also Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and a member of IASSIDD’s Mental Health and Challenging Behaviours SIRG.
Prof. Ruth Northway, PhD, is Professor of Learning (Intellectual) Disability Nursing at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd, UK. She is Co-Chair of the IASSIDD Ethics Special Interest Group.
Ivan Brown, PhD, is IASSIDD’s vice-president for policy and education, Director of IASSIDD’s Academy, and IASSIDD SIRG Coordinator. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Disability Studies, Brock University, Canada.