Celebrate 10 Years of IDDSI!
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) was founded. Over the next few e-bites, we will look at IDDSI past, present, and future…. 
“S” is for Standardisation  
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative was undertaken to help improve safety for people with dysphagia, by providing a common language that describes the various food textures and drink consistencies often used as a part of dysphagia management.
It is important to recognize that the IDDSI framework is NOT a dysphagia diet, but rather a framework of standardised terms and descriptions of food textures and drink thickness, commonly used in dysphagia management. As we alluded to in our April e-bite – IDDSI is descriptive not prescriptive
 A clinician with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage dysphagia usually makes recommendations regarding appropriate food texture and drinks consistencies. The IDDSI framework provides the tools to help communicate about the recommended food textures and drink consistencies along with IDDSI testing methods for a more objective means of checking the texture and consistency.
Many resources were developed to help use and implement the IDDSI Framework. These include tools such as framework documents, patient handouts, posters, videos, audit sheets, implementation guides and more!! 

Our IDDSI toolbox is open for everyone to share - so check it out….
Get your tickets now for IDDSI'S Upcoming Events!
IDDSI’s hardworking team of volunteers and IDDSI Reference Group leaders are excited to bring you three upcoming events in 2023. They will be featuring panelists, speakers, food, funnels and much, much more! 
1. Check out the first Asia IDDSI Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
The Asia IDDSI Conference will feature Dr. Julie Cichero, Past IDDSI Co-Chair as our keynote presenter with an opening welcome & IDDSI global update from Peter Lam, IDDSI Chairperson. The conference will also feature presentations from Dr. Catriona Steele, Dr. Luis Riquelme, Dr. Mershen Pillay, Janice Duivestein, Dr. Ben Hanson and many others. Participate in educational and practical sessions on how to implement IDDSI and much more! Come and enjoy the beautiful weather and fantastic food that Malaysia has to offer, meet exhibiting vendors and explore IDDSI possibilities, at the best location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur!  Click below to easily order tickets!
2. The UK IDDSI Festival is in Derby this year! Tickets are selling out fast!
We will be joined by a host of speakers, and chef demonstrations, that will enable delegates to put theory into practice, that will support their IDDSI delivery when catering for residents and patients with Dysphagia. 
Click below to easily order tickets!
3. The Canada IDDSI Festival is coming to Toronto!
The Canada IDDSI Festival will feature Dr. Catriona Steele and Marianne Katusinas as our keynote presenters with an opening welcome & IDDSI global update from Peter Lam, IDDSI Chairperson. Come and meet vendors and discuss IDDSI solutions, that will enable delegates to put theory into practice to support residents and patients with dysphagia. Participate in educational and practical sessions and much, much more! Click below to easily order tickets!
USIRG Newsletter Highlights

The Communication & Advocacy Committee is highlighting research done this month which focuses on a study reporting IDDSI implementation on a pilot site in Germany. To view the newsletter in it's entirety, click here: US May Highlights
Interested in volunteering and being on a USIRG work group? 
Email usa@iddsi.net or visit the US IRG's website here
Order your IDDSI Funnels Today!
The IDDSI Funnel is the only widely available funnel that was designed with the IDDSI Flow Test in mind. The IDDSI Funnel is designed to be easy to use with IDDSI levels already marked on the funnel itself, and it is re-usable and recyclable. The funnel store (including ordering and fulfillment) will be managed by our licensed manufacturer, Sparrow Solutions Ltd., and will be an official channel to order your IDDSI Funnels 

Some important information:

  • IDDSI Funnels are sold in packages (100 funnels per package) or cartons (1000 funnels per carton)
  • Once you enter your shipping information, shipping quotes/options will be provided during the checkout process. Please note the shipping cost does not include any duties or taxes that may be charged on the shipment.
  • All major credit cards are accepted. We use PayPal as our payment processor. Please follow these step-by-step instructions to check-out. Step by Step Instructions
  • If you have Business or Tax ID (or other special instructions), please include them during the check-out process.
To go with the new IDDSI Funnel, we have created the following new resources, which can be found collected here. (These four resources will also be found in their respective locations, such as under Testing Cards, the IDDSI Flow Test, or our YouTube channel.) 

Supporting the IDDSI mission: Every funnel sold goes to support the availability of funnels in regions around the world with less developed health care systems and access to financial resources.
Hall of Appreciation
Seeking Nominations - The deadline is approaching...
We are seeking nominations for our IDDSI Hall of Appreciation. Is there someone you know who has made a significant contribution to IDDSI and IDDSI implementation? Consider submitting a nomination for the hall of appreciation by completing our form here by June 15, 2023.  
We are pleased to welcome our new Silver Sponsor: Sodexo!
Thanks to its 412,000 employees, Sodexo provides catering, facilities management, employee benefits and personal home services to 100 million consumers daily in 56 countries. With the "Harmonie" innovation, say goodbye to mixed food! For seniors and people with disabilities and dysphagia, mealtimes will become enjoyable again!

Global Updates
If there is IDDSI implementation activity happening in your part of the world and you do not see the information on the IDDSI website or mentioned in the e-bite, please contact us and let us know, We will be most happy to acknowledge your contribution and let the rest of the world know what you are doing.
Take a look below to see what different reference groups are doing to support IDDSI Implementation.
Italy: On May 13th, 2023 Dr. Carlo Pedrolli was a presenter at the Seebay Hotel Portonovo - Ancona for DIETARY MANAGEMENT OF DYSPHAGIA. His presentation focused on texture modified diets and the IDDSI framework. See the Article and table below.
Our congratulations to Dr. Pedrolli!
Nepal: Welcome Nepal IRG! We are a group of volunteers from Nepal who began to work to increase professional competency, develop protocols, and implement IDDSI standardization. Our ASLP (Audiologist & Speech-pathologist) works in broad settings.
We would appreciate more guidance and support and welcome any potential volunteers of all disciplines to collaborate, facilitate, support, and foster IDDSI implementation. Please contact: nepal@iddsi.net and/or office@iddsi.org
Turkey IDDSI IRG coming soon! 
Thanks to our amazing volunteers and IDDSI staff, we have another new IDDSI IRG Group in the process of being established. Welcome to Turkey joining the IDDSI family! There's more to come on the website and watch for their full update in our June e-bite!
IDDSI Reference Group Volunteering
If you are interested in joining an IDDSI Reference Group, please email the contact for the group. We welcome everyone who wants to help with guiding & fostering IDDSI implementation. Being part of a reference group is a great opportunity to meet IDDSI friends in your local, regional area. And you never know, something amazing may happen when great brains come together!
Calling all Volunteers!!!
The IDDSI Australia IRG needs your expertise!
Please contact australia@iddsi.net or office@iddsi.org if you are interested in joining their IDDSI reference group.
Watch for more updates to come on the website for our newest IDDSI IRG's Argentina, Paraguay and Peru! All 3 IRG's are looking for volunteers so please contact argentina@iddsi.net, peru@iddsi.net or office@iddsi.org if you are interested in joining.

Don't see an IDDSI Reference Group for your practise or regional area? Interested in starting an IDDSI reference group to help support IDDSI implementation in your regional or practice area? Fill out the form here.
Webinars & IDDSI Learning
If you have any suggestions for webinar topics, we’d love to hear them! Head over to our Contact Us form, choose subject “Webinars”, and let us know what you’d like to see in the upcoming months.  
Event: IDDSI: Truth or Bare

A webinar/panel discussion with Dr. Luis Riquelme and Dr. Michael Crary to discuss current IDDSI hot topics and to clarify some misunderstandings and use of IDDSI in clinical practice. Welcoming all dysphagia clinicians and everyone who collaborates with dysphagia clinicians. For the full details click the button below:
Please note: certificates are generated automatically and individually per attendee. If you are viewing this as a group and still wish to receive an individual Certificate of Attendance, we recommend registering individually, and then individually logging in for the first minutes of the live broadcast. Viewers may then choose to exit the webinar and watch one as a group.
Previous Webinars and Recordings
Missed any of our other webinars? All our webinars are recorded and can be found on here, but please note rewatching the webinars on YouTube will not provide you with a Certificate of Attendance.

If you register and then cannot attend a webinar, PLEASE make sure to cancel so we may open another spot up for someone else.  Thank you very much for your consideration. 
Take a look to see where different regions are in respect to supporting IDDSI Implementation.
Interested in starting an IDDSI reference group to help support IDDSI implementation? Fill out the form here.