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Remembering Michael Donovan

A Tribute to Michael Donovan, NFOSD Treasurer

By Sonia Blue, NFOSD Co-Founder


Michael Donovan, 1958-2018
At rest in Oakland, California on April 30, 2018, aged 59. Mike waged a courageous fight against cancer for 23 years.

What to say about Mike? Funny, kind, smart, laughter-loving, loyal, thoughtful, generous, tenacious, beyond-brave, willing, hopeful, spiritual, curious and so loving. continue reading →



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Tongue Strengthening Devices for Dysphagia Rehabilitation

[Editor’s Note: The NFOSD’s intent in publishing this material is to provide the dysphagia community with information about treatment options; it is not an endorsement of the products, companies, or therapy approaches. This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an appropriate health care professional, as each individual’s medical situation is unique. It is important that you consult with your medical professional (e.g., physician, SLP) prior to implementing any course of treatment.]

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IDDSI 2018 Contest

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders & the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative Presents:

The 2018 #IDDSIchallenge! 


You are invited to participate in a contest showing the world how you have been creating culinary delights using the IDDSI Framework.

 

Dates:  June 1 – June 15, 2018  Post your creations for National Dysphagia Awareness Month

June 20 – June 27, 2018 Vote for your Favorite Creations

June 28 – June 30, 2018 Announce the Top 3 Winners

 

Prizes:  3 prizes of $100 gift cards

 

Who can enter? Everyone! You can enter as an individual, a family, a corporation, a restaurant, a healthcare organization.

 

How to enter:

1. Record a short video (no more than 60 seconds) to show off your culinary creation and how you have used the IDDSI testing methods

2. Post your video onto Facebook and include #IDDSI and tag @NFOSD in your post between June 1 – June 15 (deadline is midnight GMT)

**Make sure your post is public so that we can share this!**

3. Like and share your creation on Facebook with all of your friends!

Here’s an example:

Rules and Regulations Apply: Click Here for more Information

 

How to win:

1. All videos will be viewed by an expert panel of judges and the top 5 entries will be selected for voting by the global audience.

2. Vote using ‘likes’ to choose the winners.

 

Meet the Judges: Click Here

Winners will be announced and showcased on both the IDDSI and NFOSD websites.

 

What is IDDSI?

The IDDSI Framework was developed to provide safety, through a standardised way of naming and describing texture modified foods and thickened liquids for people with swallowing difficulties across the lifespan.  It is a person-centred rather than profession-centred approach providing practical and validated measurement techniques to ensure that what is prepared in hospital, can reliably be prepared at home or other settings to reduce the risk of choking and aspiration. The common language of the framework can be used by persons with dysphagia, caregivers, clinicians, food service professionals and industry partners, allowing us to speak the same language the world over. Learn more at: www.iddsi.org



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Dysphagia in the News: What Science is Doing for Swallowing Problems

The University of Toronto released an article sharing updates on major initiatives and research being conducted by dysphagia experts such as Dr. Rosemary Martino and Dr. Catriona Steele, including how best to give dysphagia screening tests, which interventions work well for specific conditions, and how to create global standards to address swallowing issues.

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Dysphagia in the News: Hard to Swallow

The Spring 2018 online publication of the Pittsburgh Quarterly featured an article titled, “Hard to Swallow,” focusing on the prevalence of dysphagia and its treatment options. The article emphasizes the important role that speech-language pathologists have in treating patients diagnosed with dysphagia and outlines novel assessment approaches under investigation by researchers, including Dr. James Coyle.

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