June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month
As June approaches bringing National Dysphagia Awareness Month, IDDSI would like to express our appreciation for the ongoing work of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD). NFOSD is committed to providing hope and improved quality of life for those experiencing all types of swallowing disorders. Visit NFOSD and find out more about their resources and activities.  
Global Updates
Australia:  The Australia IDDSI Reference Group launch meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2021. If you are interested to join the Australia IDDSI Reference Group, please contact Australia or register here.
Brazil:  Brasil IDDSI reference group was held, on May 20; it was the first meeting to start the task force for the implementation of IDDSI in the country. The meeting was attended by 37 volunteers including speech therapists, nutritionists, physicians and representatives of scientific societies and industries. If you are interested in being part of the group and helping to guide, promote and support the implementation of IDDSI in Brazil, send an email to Brazil.

O GRUPO REFERÊNCIA IDDSI BRASIL realizou, no dia 20 de maio, sua primeira reunião para dar início à força-tarefa de implementação do IDDSI no país. A reunião contou com a presença de 37 voluntários incluindo fonoaudiólogos, nutricionistas, médicos e representantes de sociedades e indústrias. Se você estiver interessado em fazer parte do grupo e ajudar a orientar, promover e apoiar a implementação do IDDSI no Brasil envie um email para Brasil
Chile: An IRG, supported by Chilean Society of Dysphagia, is being formed, with an initial meeting set for June 1, 2021.
Canada: The Canadian IDDSI Reference Group (CIRG) members and Peter Lam, IDDSI Co-Chair will be hosting a virtual “Canadian Industry Partner Forum” on June 22, 2021 from 1-3pm EDT. Vendor, distributor and manufacturer representatives are encouraged to register now to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity. Discussion topics will include operationalization of IDDSI in the healthcare setting, product labelling, education and training resources, and IDDSI testing procedures.

CIRG also recently launched an Educational Resource for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI). This resource was sent out to University Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology across Canada. The resource is intended to equip students in those professions with knowledge of the IDDSI framework, terminology, and testing methods in order to remain relevant in today’s world of dysphagia management and research. Feedback to date from recipients has been very positive!  
D-A-CH IRG: The DGD workshop has been postponed to Fall 2021, with a date set for October 7, 2021. Registration will be available in late August/early September.

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

die Referenzgruppe Deutschland - Österreich - Schweiz der International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) hat für 10.06.2021 einen Online-Workshop geplant.

Aufgrund technischer Hindernisse müssen wir den Workshop leider verschieben. Er wird voraussichtlich im Oktober 2021 stattfinden. Weitere Informationen folgen in Kürze.

Wir danken Ihnen für Ihr Verständnis und freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen im Oktober.

Ihre IDDSI – DACH Referenzgruppe
Greece:  The Greek Reference Group will be presenting an A3 poster of the complete IDDSI framework at the 14th – 1st Panhellenic International Congress of Speech and Language Therapy, with the hopes of filling in literature gaps in Greek regarding objective classification of dysphagia diets.
India:  IDDSI is now seeking volunteers to be part of a newly formed India Reference Group, representing diverse stakeholders including speech-language pathologists, health care professionals, food industry representatives, patients with feeding and swallowing disorders and their caregivers. Previous involvement in IDDSI guideline development or implementation is not a requirement. For further information and application, please contact the Indian Reference Group.
Malaysia:  An IDDSI Reference Group launch meeting will held on June 2, 2021. For more information, please see here.
United States:  The USTIRG continues to be very active. A few recent activities….
The Implementation/Advocacy workgroup is pleased to announce that our Environmental Survey Scan is currently open and available for participation until May 31st. Read more.
Research/Data Collection is getting set to analyze results from the Environmental Survey Scan sent out by Implementation/Advocacy earlier this month. Read more.
Education/Training is hard at work on finalizing their PowerPoint 101 Introduction to IDDSI series. This will be made available to the public to customize for specific audiences including: 1) Food Service Workers, CNAs and Caregivers, 2) Food Service Operation Leaders, Culinary Staff, RDNs, SLPs and RNs, 3) Doctors and RNs and 4) Administration.
The IDDSI Website
Wanting the latest update on IDDSI implementation in your country?  Go to our website and click on a flag to see what is happening. If there doesn't seem to be a Reference Group for IDDSI implementation in your country, consider contacting us to find out how to set up an IDDSI Reference Group.

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. 
Recent Publication
Congratulations to Catriona M. Steele, PhD, Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, Memorie Gosa, PhD, Stephanie Edwards Allen, BSRT, MBA on the recent publication commissioned by Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.   

"Diagnosis and Management of Swallowing Physiology: Standardized Contrast, the MBSImP™ & the IDDSI Framework" can be found in Applied Radiology. Click here to read it.
IDDSI Webinars
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.  
IDDSI Learning in July and August
Due to popular demand, we will be rebroadcasting the following webinars in July and August, 2021. Individuals who attend any of the webinars below will receive a Certificate of Attendance. All the below webinars will be broadcasted on the listed date in the following times: 11:00 AM Auckland / 9:00 AM Sydney / 7:00 AM Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong/ 7:00 PM Eastern (-1 day) / 4:00 PM Pacific (-1 day).

Click "Register" to sign up and see when the webinars are taking place in your time zone.
IDDSI 101: Introduction
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
IDDSI 201: Testing Methods
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
IDDSI 301: Implementation
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Insights from New Zealand Implementation
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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
  • Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation/World Dysphagia Summit Congress, August 20-23, 2021
  • Taiwan Association for Dysphagia (TAD) Assembly, postponed to August 28, 2021
  • DGD IDDSI Online Workshop, postponed to October 7, 2021
Take a look at our Global page to see where different countries are in respect to supporting IDDSI Implementation.
Interested in starting an IDDSI reference group to help support IDDSI implementation in your country? Contact us.