Best wishes from the IDDSI Board of Directors
2021 is almost over and as we move into 2022, the IDDSI Board of Directors would like to extend best wishes to all those around the globe who are helping improve the safety of people living with dysphagia. We are so excited by the ever-increasing number of IDDSI Reference Groups that started in 2021 and all the wonderful volunteers who are helping with translation of IDDSI resources. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone for all the time and energy put into implementing IDDSI around the world. We wish you a most wonderful holiday season and look forward to even more collaboration in 2022! 
World Swallowing Day
World Swallowing Day was December 12th. Four of the largest Dysphagia Societies provided a unified message about dysphagia with the goal of increasing awareness around the world about dysphagia. To help raise awareness, consider sharing this video widely with the #WorldSwallowingDay. 
IDDSI Resources - Our Gift to You
Just a reminder to everyone to check out all the resources on our website before you develop new ones. Many of the resources are translated into different languages and can be downloaded for use.  
 
 If you do utilize the resources, please be sure to cite the CreativeCommons BY-SA 4.0 license here.  
 
The elements of the IDDSI framework should not be altered in any way as this may result in confusion and errors resulting in possible harm to an individual with dysphagia.  
 
We have created some clear guidelines for creating online material or products about IDDSI and for creating educational materials and resources about IDDSI.   Please be sure to review these.  
IDDSI Translations
Version 2 of the Vietnamese and Portuguese (Brazil) translations have now been finalized, andare available on our website. We’d like to thank Nhat Ngo, Renata Mancopes, Cristiane Galbeno Rama, Fátima Lago for their work on updating the translations and reviewing all feedback and comments. Through their time and dedication, these volunteers and many other translation volunteers have helped countless people benefit from IDDSI. 
IDDSI Reference Groups
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.
A new IDDSI Reference group for Pediatrics! 
We are excited to announce the formation of a Pediatric IDDSI Reference Group (PEDSIRG). Members of the USIRG have initiated discussion about the special considerations in pediatrics with IDDSI implementation and IDDSI is excited to support this initiative. We are in the early stages of setting up a global IDDSI pediatric collaboration, the Pediatric IDDSI Reference Group (PEDIRG). 

Watch for more information in early 2022 about the newest IDDSI Reference Group and ways that we plan to collaborate. Contact pedirg@iddsi.net for more information and questions.  
Take a look at our IDDSI Reference Group page to see what different reference groups are doing to supporting IDDSI Implementation.
 
Interested in starting an IDDSI reference group to help support IDDSI implementation in your regional or practice area? Contact us.
Webinars & IDDSI Learning
Coming in January 2022...
Porridge Around the World
January 21, 2022
12:00 (UTC + 8/ HKT)
The special feature “Rice Porridge around the World ” has gained enormous attention since its release. To further increase its coverage and reach out to a greater audience, this webinar will introduce rice porridges from various regions of Asia, demonstrate how they may fit into the IDDSI framework and how they may be tested with preserving tests. This webinar will draw a clearer linkage between different types of rice porridge and the IDDSI framework.
How to Use IDDSI in Research
January 25, 2022
9:00 (UTC +13/ New Zealand time)
Watch this rebroadcast of "Using IDDSI in Research" with Dr. Catriona Steele. In the 5 years since the initial publication of the IDDSI Framework, there has been a huge explosion of research regarding diet texture modification and terminology, with more than 230 citations of the original paper. Over this time frame, a number of issues regarding use of the IDDSI Framework in research studies have come to light, which researchers need to be aware of. 
Coming in February 2022 ...
Save the Date: IDDSI 101 Webinar
February 26, 2022
13:00 Athens EET (GMT+2)

Join the Greece IDDSI Reference Group for the webinar, IDDSI 101. This webinar provides an introductory overview of the purpose and development of IDDSI. This webinar also explores each of the eight levels of the texture continuum and provides practical information on how to perform the testing methods, next steps to further your knowledge on IDDSI, and get started on implementation. 
Just in case you missed it ...

You Can Have Happy Holidays with Dysphagia
On December 2, IDDSI and Laura Michael from the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD) presented a special webinar focusing on patients with dysphagia and what they may face during the holiday season. Laura brought her industry and caregiver experience in diet modification, and shared tips on how to safely and joyfully celebrate the holidays when you have swallowing problems. The webinar also covered tools, tips on navigating the social and emotional aspects of the holidays, and also went over how to incorporate the IDDSI standards into the holidays.   Please note rewatching the webinars on YouTube will not provide you with a Certificate of Attendance.
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. 

Upcoming Conferences

  • United Kingdom Swallowing Research Group Virtual Conference (UKSRG), February 3 & 4, 2022
  • The conference programme topics will include: Supporting clinical care/service development – international approaches, Blended diets, Rehabilitation, what is in our evidence-based tool bag, Framing of Illness, Applying physiology techniques to practice, Feeding on CPAP/HFNC – what is the evidence and what are the controversies? Register here.
  • 8th Turkish Swallowing Disorders Congress, February 24 - 26, 2022
  • Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15-18, 2022.
  • Due to ongoing uncertainty about COVID-19 and world travel restrictions, this meeting will be a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Register here.
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.