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The US & Territories IDDSI Reference Group is Seeking Volunteers

Deadline for applications: September 25, 2020

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) has developed a standardised dysphagia diet framework for diet texture modified foods and liquids to meet the needs of individuals with swallowing or choking risk across all ages, cultures and care settings. Having a common language reduces misunderstanding and
increases safety.

IDDSI is developing a US & Territories Reference Group to act as an informative, instructional body for IDDSI implementation across the United States. The group is designed to advocate, guide and support US users implementing IDDSI within their organizations to ensure the provision of optimal safety for individuals with dysphagia. We are seeking volunteers to be part of this larger interprofessional/multi-sectoral reference group. A team of volunteers from diverse geographical locations and practice settings is being sought and hope to include representation including but not limited to Nutrition & Dietetics, Food Services, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Healthcare Professionals who support individuals with dysphagia, Patient Support Organizations, Healthcare Management and Industry. Previous involvement in IDDSI implementation is not necessary to be part of this group.

The US & Territories IDDSI Reference group will conduct teleconferences/online meetings on a monthly basis. The work of the group may include writing reports and letters, conducting surveys, developing materials, hosting webinars, etc. The time commitment would be 5-10 hours per month. A minimum of 1-year commitment is anticipated with a maximum term of 2 years.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the US & IDDSI Reference Group, please complete this survey by September 25, 2020:

If you would like more information, please contact us at to inquire.

All applicants will be considered based on experience, practice setting and
geographical locations by the US & Territories IDDSI Reference Group formation task force.  Thank you to all who apply, and we will be in touch with all of you.

US & Territories IDDSI Reference Group formation task force:
Peter Lam, IDDSI Co-Chair
Nicole Barrett, RDN, LDN
Vickie Bergquist, MS, RDN, CD
Jamila Harley, M.Ed, CCC-SLP
Cindy Zemko, BS, CDM, CFPP
Tim Garry, RDN
John Holahan, President, SimplyThick