National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices


What are we?

The ‘NTG’ is a coalition of individuals and organizations working toward ensuring that the needs and interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – as well as their families and friends – are taken into account as part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. Members are families, association and organization representatives, practitioners, academics, and others who contribute time and effort to its activities.

The NTG is supported by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other partners, such as the Center on Excellence in Aging at the University at Albany and the Gerontology Division of AAIDD.

The NTG works to underpin the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, and is represented by members at the quarterly meetings of the federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services.  The NTG is a member of LEAD - 'Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease' - a Washington-based coalition working to focus attention on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The NTG has produced practice guidelines, screening tools, informational materials, and a national training and education curriculum among its many products.

In addition, the NTG is pleased to announce a new Online Support Group for Family Caregivers.

The chairs of the NTG are Dr. Seth M. Keller and Dr. Matthew P. Janicki.

The Administrative and Logistics Coordinator of the NTG is Nina Bennett.

An invitation to affiliate with the NTG is open. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, you can register as a contributing member or NTG friend at this site. For questions, please contact either Seth Keller, M.D. (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) at, Matthew Janicki, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago) at, or Nina Bennett at


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NTG Conferences

AADMD/NTG Conference

Information on the AADMD/NTG Conference is available as well as a call for papers inviting submissions for papers and posters on the main AADMD website –  Information on registration and special lodging rates for Swissotel are also available at  The NTG will have a dementia related papers and presentations day on Saturday, July 9th.  Papers and posters are most welcome on topics related to cognitive decline, dementia and related matters (assessment, screening, training, interventions, dementia-capable programs and services, family supports, etc.).  Please use the AADMD paper/poster submission process found  Sessions as part of the NTG track will run in 60 minute blocks and will be composed of 2-3 papers per session.  Session proposals encompassing a single topic are welcome as well.

Read about our previous conferences.

International Summit on Dementia and Intellectual Disability
The NTG is involved in an 'international summit' on intellectual disability and dementia that will be held October 13-14, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. Click here for more information.


Background and History of the NTG

To read about the background and history of the NTG visit this page.


The Governance of the NTG

The NTG is managed by a steering committee composed of the following NTG members:

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D. (Co-chair)

Seth M. Keller, M.D. (Co-chair)

Nina Bennett (Administrative and Logistics Coordinator)

Kathie Bishop, Thomas Buckley, Nicole Cadovius, Melissa Disipio, Lucy Esralew, Lawrence T. Force, Andrew Griffin, Mary Hogan, Nancy Jokinen, Ronald Lucchino, Philip McCallion, Julie Moran, Dawna Torres Mughal, Leone Murphy, Lin Nelson, Kathryn Pears, Vanessa Quick, Rick Rader, Mike RafiiNahib Ramadan, Kathy Service, Baldev Singh, KathySrsic-Stoehr, Helen Stepowany, Sara Weir

A full membership list, including Steering Committee members, is available here.

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