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Providing care and support to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and dementia often requires unique skills, assessments and approaches. In this webinar, participants will learn about innovative programs developed to address the specific care and support needs of people living with IDD and dementia and professional training needs. The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute created a formal training for healthcare and social service professionals focused on dementia in the IDD population and training on the National Task Group’s Early Detection Screen for Dementia (EDSD) tool and how to administer the tool to help detect dementia in people with IDD. Presenters from Massachusetts will discuss the state’s experience supporting caregivers of people living with IDD and dementia, including the diagnostic consultation process, background on how Massachusetts arrived at this model and next steps in providing support for caregivers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants in this webinar will be able to describe the use of the National Task Group Early Detection Screen for Dementia (NTG-EDSD) instrument to help detect dementia in people with IDD.
  • Participants in this webinar will be able to appreciate the value of a formal training program in the use of the NTG-EDSD for healthcare and social services professionals.
  • Participants in this webinar will be able to describe the process Massachusetts used to augment and enhance IDD and dementia services in the state.
  • Participants in this webinar will be able to list three reported needs of caregivers for people living with IDD and dementia.



Christine CliffordChristine Clifford, MHP, is a project director with more than 20 years’ experience in public health research methodology for underserved and vulnerable populations. Her experience includes project design, data collection and analysis. Current focus includes aging with IDD and developing friendships between people with and without disabilities.







Kathy ServiceKathy Service, RN, MS, FNP-BC, CDDN, has been a nurse practitioner since 1979, and has been working in the field of IDD since 1976, both in institutional and community settings for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Although retired since 2016, she continues to consult as a Dementia Care Specialist Advanced Practice Provider on aging and dementia in people with IDD at DDS. She has and continues to collaborate on Administration on Community Living grants in dementia, as well as the CDC Healthy Brain Initiative grant with the University of Illinois Chicago.





Art WalaszekArt Walaszek, is Public Health and Education Leader of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. He is co-leader of the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is a geriatric psychiatrist and Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry.