November 2020

  • IDDSI Website: Under Construction
  • Around the Globe Updates
  • Reference Groups
  • Upcoming Webinar: Taiwan Mandarin
  • Upcoming Virtual Events
  • IDDSI (not) on the Move
IDDS Website - Under Construction

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.
Updates from Around the World

Austria & Germany
Austrian and German IDDSI Reference Groups are currently coming together.  The Austrian IDDSI Reference Group is welcoming more IDDSI users to join them.  They are hoping to have a first organizational meeting early in 2021. For more information and if you are interested in participating, contact or

Nach ihrem erfolgreicher Webinar im Juni arbeitet die IDDSI D-A-CH Referenzgruppe weiter daran, die Umsetzung und Implementierung der IDDSI-Struktur voranzutreiben. Dazu ist neben weiteren Webinaren und der Übersetzung der verbleibenden IDDSI-Materialen vor allem die Vernetzung der verschiedenen Berufsgruppen und der Firmen, die in diesem Bereich tätig sind, geplant und notwendig. Wenn du Interesse hast, hier mitzuwirken und IDDSI dabei zu unterstützen, dann schick eine Email an oder Die Gruppe um Simon Sollereder, Silke Pirker-Neuwirth, Michaela Trapl-Grundschober, Dr. Matthias Krämer und Björn Degen freut sich, von dir zu hören. 

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is in the process of assembling an IDDSI Reference Group.  For further information, please contact

United Kingdom
UK is in the process of reconvening an IDDSI Reference Group to help support IDDSI users post implementation.  If you are interested to join the UK IDDSI Reference Group, please contact

United States & Territories
United States & Territories Reference Group officially launched in November 2020 with a briefing meeting.  The USTIRG work team meetings will start in early 2021 where they will focus on Implementation Advocacy, Resource Collection & Development, IDDSI Utilization, Guidance & Best Practice, Research & Data Collection, Education & Training and Communications. For more information, contact
Regional/National Reference Groups

Reference Groups are proving very successful in helping countries and regions work towards IDDSI Implementation. If you are interested in forming a Reference Group for your region/country, please contact us.
Our upcoming Webinar Introduction to IDDSI - Taiwan Mandarin is Full and we're looking at potential dates for another session. Please stay tuned!
You can find recordings of previous IDDSI webinars on our YouTube channel.
IDDSI Translations

Beginning 2021, we will acknowledge everyone around the globe who has assisted and participated in the process of translating IDDSI documents and resources into various languages. Especially now, as our documents have converted to IDDSI version 2.0, we need our volunteers more than ever! Ensuring our resources are accessible to all is key in helping improve safety for those who experience dysphagia. 
You can access all Completed Translations at:

Please take a moment to provide feedback for our Translations Available for Review.
Upcoming Virtual Education Opportunities

  • Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) – 26th and 27th joint meetings and 2nd World Dysphagia Summit have been postponed until August 2021.  For more information
IDDSI Not On The Move Right Now (But Still Connecting Virtually)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, IDDSI continues to stay home working hard on updating resources and supporting our global community “virtually” with IDDSI implementation.

Virtual talks:
  • Dec 2020  UK Stroke Forum – invited lecture Dr. Catriona Steele. “Revisiting the Impact of Thickened Liquids on Swallowing Safety and Efficiency”
  • Dec 2020.  Nestle Webinar speaker, Dr. Catriona Steele. “Appropriate use of Thickened Liquids in Dysphagia Management. 

We hope everyone in our global community is staying safe!