The Science Behind IDDSI Measurements - Stay Tuned...
Coming up in the next couple of months we will be hosting an open webinar all about the science of the IDDSI measurements. As well as the ’theory’ behind the measurements we will be looking at how the IDDSI global standards are being used in practice now: Since the publication of IDDSI in 2017, scientists around the world have been using IDDSI to build a clinical evidence base around the diagnosis and management of dysphagia. 
Global Updates
Belgium:  IDDSI Co-Chair Peter Lam introduced the history and mission of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative to 2nd year class to the 80 students of Bachelor of Language and Speech Therapy – Artevelde University College Ghent (Belgium). A special thank you to Anne-Sophie Beeckman and the students for sharing these great photos with us! 
Brazil:  On April 10th, 2021, the Brazilian IDDSI Reference Group Formation Task Force presented a session at SIDISNUTRI 2021. They presented on the importance of IDDSI and the scientific evidence that support the initiative. The audience included SLP, nutritionist and other health professionals. In this opportunity they clarified many questions about the applicability of the IDDSI framework for different ages and health institutions. The Brazilian group also shared the information to volunteers about collaborating in the future activities of IDDSI in Brazil. Please, join the Brazilian group! Email Brazil.
Canada: The CIRG Advocacy workgroup, has finalized an electronic letter to invite supporters of IDDSI within Canada, to provide an endorsement. This group is also in the process of creating an "Endorse IDDSI" button on the IDDSI Canada website. The CIRG Education workgroup has developed an IDDSI instructional package that will be offered to University faculties of Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Audiology Programs across Canada. 
China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore & Taiwan: Representatives of IDDSI Reference Formation task force from these regional areas met on April 23, 2021 to discuss collaboration to develop recommendations and solutions for texture modification of regional, cultural specific foods. 
Germany:  On 8th April 2021, Dr Ben Hanson gave a presentation at the German Dysphagia Conference (Society for Endoscopy and Imaging) DGE-BV www.dge-bv-kongress.de which had an impressive 2,130 registered participants. Ben described the science behind the IDDSI testing measurements: the pre-existing evidence which was reviewed, the physiological rationale relating to certain textures, and the different options for measuring foods and drinks in the lab and -crucially for IDDSI- in kitchens and by the bedside. 
India:  The leadership team of the newly formed Indian Society for Feeding and Swallowing Disorders meets with IDDSI to discuss collaboration and implementation of IDDSI in India.
United States:  The United States & Territories IDDSI Reference Group hosted a Zoom Town Hall with support from AND (Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics), ANFP (Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals), ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association) and representatives of the USTIRG Formation Task Force on April 14th. It was attended by over 250 colleagues across the US & Territories in preparation for their IDDSI implementation. Read more about the Education, communication and Implementation and Advocacy workgroups here and see their latest update for April 2021 here under Country-Specific Resources.

USTIRG has created a completely anonymous survey to determine the status of implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) across the United States. See the survey here.   
 
We are asking you to complete this survey as the information generated will help guide the USTIRG's efforts to support IDDSI implementation in the US and Territories. 
 
This survey will be available until May 31st, 2021. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.
Changes in our IDDSI Office
The  IDDSI Board of Directors would not be able to do the work we do without the incredible support from our Office and International Projects Manager, Alen Dominguez. Alen has been integral to keeping IDDSI moving along, bringing new and creative ideas to our ebite, website, webinars to name a few of his projects.  Alen is however moving on to an exciting new adventure and so as we say a fond farewell, we would also like to thank him for his incredible support and contributions to IDDSI and to wish him the very best. 

We are incredibly lucky that Kevin Ly has decided to return and join our IDDSI team again and will be taking on the role of Office and International Projects Manager. Welcome back Kevin! 
The IDDSI Website
Wondering how other countries are implementing IDDSI?  Go to our website and click on the flag. You will find updates, newsletters, and resources on many of the sites that are moving forward with IDDSI implementation. Some countries are just getting started but we are looking forward to adding their updates. 

While you are at the website, don’t forget to go to our Hall of Appreciation where we are listing the names of our amazing volunteers who have given their time to help support IDDSI. 
IDDSI Webinars
April Webinar: Dr. Joan Arvedson shared her vast knowledge and expertise on April 22, 2021 with an excellent presentation on Transition Feeding and Beyond for Young Children: Expansion of Food Textures. The session was very well attended and a recording can be found here. As there were some technical difficulties during the Q and A session, Dr. Arvedson kindly agreed to do an additional recording to respond to those questions that were not answered in the session. 
Introduction to IDDSI (Japanese)
On May 5, 10am (Tokyo time), IDDSI will be hosting a Japanese Introduction to IDDSI Webinar. Make sure to register below.
The Science Behind IDDSI Testing Methods
On June 3, 6pm (London time), Dr. Ben Hanson presents on The Science Behind IDDSI Testing Methods. We will be running several pre-recorded webinars on this topic, followed by a live Q&A session.  
Previous Webinars and Recordings
Thank you to everyone who has been registering for our webinars! If you missed our webinars, all our webinars are recorded and can be found on here.

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. 
IDDSI in Action
  • 14th Panhellenic, 1st International Congress of Speech and Language Therapy , May 28-30, 2021 
  • DGD IDDSI Online Workshop, June 10, 2021
  • Taiwan Association for Dysphagia (TAD) Assembly, June 26, 2021
  • Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation/World Dysphagia Summit Congress, August 20-23, 2021
Take a look at our Global page to see where different countries are in respect to supporting IDDSI Implementation.
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Interested in starting an IDDSI reference group to help support IDDSI implementation in your country? Contact us.