Learn how we're building awareness and the recent recognition we've received. Also, new sponsors, reminders and a tab on where we're headed to.
May 2017
  • Creating IDDSI Awareness
  • Welcome to Our New Sponsors
  • Reminders - Translation Documents
  • Support for IDDSI
  • IDDSI on the Move
Creating IDDSI Awareness
Awareness stage outlined.
Awareness is the first and key phase of the IDDSI implementation model and the IDDSI Board of Directors has been engaged in a number of initiatives to increase awareness. A very successful awareness initiative was the strong IDDSI presence at the Dysphagia Research Society Meeting held in Portland Oregon USA March 1-4, 2017.  This meeting draws clinicians of all disciplines and researchers from around the world to share information about new and exciting research in the field of dysphagia.

Dr. Catriona Steele presented a paper entitled the Psychometric Evaluation of a New Functional Diet Scale for Dysphagia (IDDSI-FDS – Functional Diet Scale) which generated considerable interest among the audience. We offer our congratulations to Dr. Steele who was the DRS 2017 recipient of the AB-SSD DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD IN DYSPHAGIA for her presentation.

We were also thrilled that IDDSI was mentioned in both paper and poster presentations as this demonstrates that the IDDSI framework is proving to be useful to clinicians and researchers around the world.

An IDDSI booth was also set up at the conference and we were extremely excited by the interest and amount of traffic that we received.  We handed out information sheets, IDDSI pens and sample flow test syringes.  Participants had the opportunity to observe the flow test in action.  Over 300 people registered to receive the IDDSI communications.  A number of participants kindly agreed to be recorded giving their feedback and impressions of the IDDSI framework and we will be posting these on our website in the near future.
Welcome to Our New Sponsors

We are very happy to welcome BD and SPC Provital as new Gold sponsors to IDDSI.

  • BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD’s associates in 50 countries work with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health.
  • SPC ProVital® is committed to delivering accessible, delicious and nutritious food solutions for the healthcare channel.  Their easy-open portion controlled fruit cups ensure consumers can continue to obtain nutrition and enjoyment from the delicious tastes of fruits and includes the following ranges:

    • Fruit puree range
    • Fibre Right™ fruit puree range
    • Diced fruit in juice range

We are also happy to welcome Medtrition and Berthelet as two of our Silver Sponsors, and are pleased to announce Nutri Care Co. Ltd. are now a Silver Sponsor.  We also welcome Basic American Foods as a Bronze Sponsor. Click here to see all sponsors.

Reminders - Translation Documents

Don’t forget to visit our website and offer feedback on the French or French Canada translation documents until June 1, 2017. See the translations here, along with more information on other translations in progress.

Support for IDDSI
The following organizations have recently indicated their support for IDDSI:
  • Speech –Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)

To see a full list of organizations that have indicated their support, see here.

IDDSI on the move
Recent, current and upcoming IDDSI-related presentations:
  • April 2017 – Together We Care and Senior Living Culinary and Nutrition Summit –Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • April 2017 – 26th annual Iowa Conference on Communicative Disorders. University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
  • April 12, 2017 – Healthcare and Hospitality Education Day (Sysco) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 25, 2017 – Hormel Health Labs Webinar – North America
  • Apr 27, 2017 – Webinar for Association of Nutrition Foodservice Professionals ANFP
  • May 2017 – Belgian Society for Swallowing Disorders Conference, Brussels, Belgium
  • May 2017 – Initiative pour une standardisation internationale des textures adaptées à la dysphagia. Grenoble, France
  • May 3, 2017 – Sysco Healthcare Conference – Toronto, ON
  • May 4, 2017 – Complete Purchasing Services Food Services & Facilities Conference – Ottawa, ON
  • May 15, 2017 – DC Dietitians in Action Conference – Vancouver, BC
  • May 18-20, 2017 – Dietitians Association of Australia national conference
  • May 28-31, 2017– Speech Pathology Australia national conference
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Please let us know what you are doing in your part of the world.  We would be happy to share it with the rest of the world.  Email us at communications@iddsi.org