As 2020 draws to a close, we can all look back on a very unusual and challenging year for the global community. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, we are incredibly grateful that IDDSI implementation has continued to move forward with dedicated volunteers forming reference groups, promoting and educating about IDDSI and assisting in the process of translation of resources.

The IDDSI Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to all of you around the world who have given generously of your time and energy to work towards IDDSI’s goal of promoting safety for individuals with dysphagia.

We hope everyone continues to remain safe and healthy into 2021.  

The IDDSI Board of Directors 

  • Dr. Julie Cichero – IDDSI Co-chair – Australia
  • Peter Lam –IDDSI Co-chair – Canada
  • Dr. Jianshe Chen China
  • Dr. Roberto Dantas Brazil
  • Janice Duivestein – Canada
  • Dr. Ben Hansen UK
  • Dr. Jun Kayashita – Japan
  • Dr. Mershen Pillay – South Africa
  • Dr. Luis Riquelme USA and Territories
  • Dr. Catriona Steele Canada
  • Dr. Jan Vanderwegen – Belgium
UK Reference Group now recruiting volunteer members

IDDSI is now seeking volunteers to be part of a new UK Reference Group representing diverse stakeholders in healthcare, user groups and industry. Previous involvement in IDDSI implementation is not necessary. Further information and online application form here:
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You can now register for our first webinar session of 2021:

Implementing IDDSI Across a Large Acute Care Network, on

January 28, 2021 - 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 12pm PT

During this session, attendees will understand the project management methods utilized to implement IDDSI across a large acute care network in St. Louis, MO.
This is an industry-sponsored webinar presented by IDDSI Platinum Co-Sponsor SimplyThick

You can find recordings of previous IDDSI webinars on our YouTube channel.
New IDDS Website Coming Soon

For those who have recently visited our IDDSI website, you will note that we are currently undergoing some modifications based on feedback from our users. We are looking forward to launching our new updated website but ask everyone to please be patient while we work towards this transition.