Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia WOKSHOP

Unfortunately, the workshop, Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia, scheduled for June had to be cancelled due to low registration. The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practiceswould like to re-schedule this workshop in the fall, provided registration numbers can support this in-person event.

Who Is The National Task Group? – Canadian Consortium

A collective of professionals, academics, agency personnel and family with interest in advocacy, education, and program/services development on behalf of Canadians with intellectual and developmental disabilities at risk of or living with dementia. The Consortium has advised on matters related to developmental disabilities for the development of A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire and provides technical assistance and programmatic and education advice and is currently working on a national dementia project that is operating under federal funding through the Public Health Agency Of Canada. The two curriculum instructors are co-leads on this project, together with Reena in Ontario.

Who Are the Curriculum Instructors?

Nancy Jokinen has a MSW with a Gerontology Specialization (Lakehead University) and a PhD in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (University of Calgary). Prior to graduate studies Nancy worked for over 20 years in services and supports for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families. She also has experience in mental health services, long term care and a special care unit for people with dementia. Currently Nancy is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of Northern British Columbia, a Board member of the NTG in the United States, and a co-lead on the NTG-Canadian Consortium.

Leslie Udell has a degree in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary. She spent 30 years working for an agency, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that provided residential supports to adults with an intellectual disability. Much of her focus, over that time, was on aging related issues and dementia. In 1998 she contributed a chapter in “Dementia and Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook” as well as another chapter, in 2014, in the book “Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Research into Practice”. Leslie also developed and taught two courses at Red River College; Cognitive Impairment and Grief, Loss and Palliative Care and operates her own consultant business. She is a co-lead on the NTG-Canadian Consortium.

Workshop Outcome: Greater understanding of dementia and its effects on people with intellectual disabilities, greater capacity to provide dementia-capable direct services to adults with ID and dementia, and knowledge of how to develop a dementia-capable environment and support.

Costs: 2 Day Basic Workshop – $350 / 3 Day “Regional Trainer” Workshop – $550.

At this time, NTG would greatly appreciate feedback as to why organizations did not register for the workshop scheduled in June, and if they would plan to register if it was held in the fall. The National Task Group is able to facilitate a workshop either, October 11 – 13, or October 16 – 18. Moncton Employment & Training Services, Inc. is able to provide the training facility during those dates. METS is located near downtown Moncton.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please forward your response or inquiries to David Richard –

Thank you,

David Richard
Executive Director
Moncton Employment & Training Services, Inc.
1250 St George Boulevard
Moncton NB E1E 3S1
tel: (506) 858-9404 ext 202
fax: (506) 858-8090