NTG News and Information

NTG News:

New Online Support Group for Family Caregivers

The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices is pleased to announce the availability of an online support group for family caregivers, The Group is open to family caregivers of someone with Down syndrome or any other intellectual disability who also has, or is, suspected of having Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. The goal is to provide support to families so they can share their experiences and learn from each other. Read more here

2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Professional Developmental Disabilities Administrators
Dr. Lucy Esralew represented the NTG at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Professional Developmental Disabilities Administrators (APDDA), held in Austin, Texas on April 19th, 2016.  She offered a keynote, titled "Current Perspectives on Dementia Capable Caregiving" as well as a workshop on the NTG-EDSD.  Among the 80 persons who attended the workshop -- an Austin-based group representing IDD service providers has agreed to use the NTG-EDSD to baseline functioning of their consumers as per the NTG recommendations.  FMI:  LEsralew@trinitas.org


2016 Gerontological Society of American Conference

Dr. Matthew Janicki, and Dr. Philip McCallion of the NTG, along with Ms. Erin Long of the US Administration on Community Living were the principals in a symposium on "Integrating Intellectual Disability and Dementia into the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease" at the 2016 GSA meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The session was held on November 18, 2016.

NTG Current Activities:

The NTG is seeking volunteers to aid with its educational efforts. If you are interested in helping make contact with various organizations or participating in education events, please contact Dr. Seth Keller.

Members of the NTG discussed the NTG’s efforts at the following events:

2014 AAIDD National Conference, Orlando, Florida (June)

4th IASSIDD Europe Congress, Vienna, Austria (July, 2014)

2014 Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC (August)

2015 United Health Care and the National Association on Councils for Developmental Disabilities webinar (May)

2015 National Institutes on Aging meeting (May)

2015 Hawaii Division of Developmental Disabilities public forum (May)

2015 National Down Syndrome Society meeting in Seattle (June)

2015 Easter Seals webinar (June)

2015 AAIDD Texas Chapter 40th Annual Convention (July)

2015 National Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and the National Alzheimer's Project Act meeting (July). Please read NTG Steering Committee member Mary Hogan's public testimony here.

2015 United Health Care Panel at the HCBS Waiver Conference  (September)

2015 Special Olympics Alaska Aging Athlete Conference (September)

2016 AAIDD National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (May)

2016 International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia, Glasgow, Scotland (October)

2016 Gertontological Society of America meeting, n New Orleans, Louisiana (November)

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