August 2020

  • Catch up on IDDSI with a Webinar
  • National or Regional IDDSI Reference Groups
  • Quebec institutions issue support statement for IDDSI
  • Congratulations to our Board of Directors and Thank You
  • IDDSI not on the move
Catch up on IDDSI with a Webinar
Looking to catch up topics about IDDSI? We are excited to share a number of upcoming opportunities in a variety of languages (click on each button for more information and registration):
The University of Witwatersrand – Swallowing and Dysphagia Society is also hosting a webinar titled: Is the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) working in South Africa, presented by IDDSI Board Member (South Africa) Professor Mershen Pillay - Associate Professor UKZ.

Let us know if you have an idea for an IDDSI webinar you would like to see in the future. Contact us.
Working Together for IDDSI Implementation

We are happy to hear that there is great interest in forming national and regional IDDSI groups to help facilitate and guide IDDSI implementation. If you would like to see a national or regional IDDSI group, please contact us and we would be happy to help you get started. 

If you are currently coordinating or participating in an existing IDDSI group, please let us know if you would like to have your group listed on the IDDSI website.  This allows others to learn about what your group is doing to implement IDDSI. 

United States & Territories

Currently, the United States & Territories IDDSI reference group (US&TIRG) is coming together and is seeking volunteers for an inter-professional/multi-sectoral reference group. A team of volunteers from diverse geographical locations and practice settings is being sought and hope to include representation including but not limited to Nutrition & Dietetics, Food Services, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Healthcare Professionals who support individuals with dysphagia, Patient Support Organizations, Healthcare Management and Industry. Previous involvement in IDDSI implementation is not necessary to be part of this group.

The US & Territories IDDSI Reference group will conduct teleconferences/online meetings on a monthly basis. The work of the group may include writing reports and letters, conducting surveys, developing materials, hosting webinars, etc. The time commitment would be 5-10 hours per month. A minimum of 1-year commitment is anticipated with a maximum term of 2 years. 

If you are interested in applying for a position on the US & IDDSI Reference Group, please complete this survey by September 25, 2020.

Canada – Quebec

We are very pleased to hear that the Order of Speech Pathologist and Audiologists of Quebec and the Order of Occupational Therapists of Quebec have issued a joint statement encouraging IDDSI implementation in Quebec, Canada.
L’implantation de la terminologie de IDDSI

L’Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec et l’Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec encouragent l’implantation de la terminologie de l’initiative internationale de standardisation des diètes pour la dysphagie.

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IDDSI Translations

You can submit your translation feedback through the online forms. We need volunteers to review and provide comments or suggestions. Please take a few minutes of your time to visit:
Well Done!

Congratulations to Luis Riquelme PhD CCSLP, BCS-S, IDDSI Board Member and lead for our IDDSI translations, who recently was named as a Media Award recipient by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). 
Thank You!

The IDDSI Board of Directors is also extremely grateful to the global community for their interest and review of our publications. Our paper “Development of International Terminology and Definitions for Texture Modified Foods and Thickened Liquids Used in Dysphagia: The IDDSI Framework. Dysphagia (2017)” received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Clinical Medicine based on highly cited threshold for the field and publication year. Additionally, the article has had the highest impact of articles found in the Dysphagia Journal.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing interest and support of the IDDSI!
Essential Workers
IDDSI Not on the Move

Due to the Covid -19 Pandemic, IDDSI has been staying at home and we are working  hard on updating resources and supporting our global community “virtually” with IDDSI implementation.

We're taking a bit of time to relax too!

Stay tuned. More activity to follow from around the globe.
IDDSI Kitty wishes everyone good health.