May 4, 2020
Free Webinar Part 3 - May 5th
Special Olympics Responds
Join our Virtual Grand Rounds webinar - COVID-19 & People with IDD: Part 3 - Special Olympics Responds, featuring speaker,  Dr. Alicia Bazzano , Chief Health Officer at  Special Olympics Internationa l and panelist,  Dustin Plunkett , self-advocate and Manager of Outreach at Special Olympics California. In partnership with the  CDC , Special Olympics has gathered much-needed data on people with IDD during the COVID-19 crisis and has been at the fore-front of the response. Tune in for the opportunity to hear first-hand about this response from behind-the-scenes.

Don’t miss the live Q&A during the roundtable discussion!

Tuesday, May 5 | 8 p.m. EST
Dr. Alicia Bazzano provides strategic oversight of health activities around the world to ensure public funding, policies, medical training programs, and health service delivery are inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Bazzano is a pediatrician and public health executive who has dedicated her career to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Prior to joining Special Olympics in 2019, she previously served as Senior Medical Director for Health Policy at Acumen, LLC and Chief Physician at the Westside Regional Center in Los Angeles, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was deeply involved in the founding of the Achievable Health Center, a first-of-its-kind federally qualified health center dedicated to developmental disabilities, and served as founding Co-Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bazzano is a faculty member of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and she previously served as Clinical Director for Health Promotion at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes in Southern California.

Dr. Bazzano completed medical school and pediatric residency at UCLA and was a UCLA Clinical Scholar, selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health and her doctorate degree in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Dr. Bazzano has been appointed to several state and national executive boards, including the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and served as a Healthcare Leadership Fellow with the California Health Care Foundation.

Dustin Plunkett is an athlete and athlete leader who served as spokesman and  Global Messenger  for the 2015 World Games as well as on-air broadcaster for ESPN in 2015 and 2017!

Born with an intellectual disability and a cleft palate, which left him with slurred and stuttered speech, Dustin found it difficult to make friends with other kid. His struggles came with the additional burden of an unstable home life; moving often from home to home and family member to family member.

In 1996, Dustin joined Special Olympics Southern California and forged a new set of family bonds.

“Special Olympics athletes are like my brothers and sisters and the staff and volunteers are like my parents and they guide me along the way in my life.”

Dustin is active in the community and works with teens with and without disabilities in a social, educational, mentoring and athletics program at the Lakewood Recreation Center in SoCal. He also coaches and teaches basic sports skills to children ages 3-5.
Most recently, he served as spokesman and member of the Board of Directors for the LA2015 World Games--and of course on-air broadcaster during ESPN's coverage of both the 2015 World Summer Games and the 2017 World Winter Games!
Visit AADMD's Coronavirus Page  & for more information & resources. 
American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary medical professionals including physicians, dentists, optometrists, neurologists and other clinicians committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with IDD. 

Since 2002, the AADMD has connected clinicians across the world and prepared them to face the unique challenges in caring for people with IDD. The organization provides curriculum to schools, IDD training for clinicians and specialized information to families and caretakers in language that is easy to understand. Above all, AADMD aims to make sure that no person with IDD is left without access to quality health services. 
The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated to making the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Foundation is devoted to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. Founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader, and founder and chairman of Paychex, Inc. —the Foundation “imagines the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities. With more than $55 million in gross assets and awards about $3 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.