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New Webinar: The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)

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Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 27th, 2017 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

No ASHA CEUs will be offered for this webinar.

Webinar Description:

  • Participants will understand the safety risks associated with a lack of standardization in diet texture definitions and terminology
  • Participants will learn about the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Framework, which will be implemented in North America, Australia/New Zealand and the United Kingdom by June, 2019
  • Participants will understand how to conduct the IDDSI Flow Test to measure liquid thickness
  • Participants will understand how to measure the particle size and hardness of food textures
  • Participants will know where to find additional resources to support implementation of the IDDSI Framework
  • Participants will learn about the new IDDSI Functional Diet Scale for tracking patient diet texture restrictions and outcomes


Meet the Presenter: 

Catriona M. Steele, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, ASHA Fellow

Professor Catriona M. Steele is a clinician scientist working in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders.  She has a background as a medical speech-language pathologist, and is Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network ( Dr. Steele is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto and is in demand as a teacher and workshop instructor around the world.

Professor Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health (USA) as well as several active industry contracts. She is an editor for the Dysphagia journal and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (



  • Become a 2018 NFOSD Member or renew your membership. Visit our Membership Page and gain access to all future 2018 webinars for no additional cost. Membership fees begin at $10 (patients/caregivers/students), $40 (SLPs, allied health professionals), $60 (Physicians).
  • Non-members: A nominal donation of $5 to $20 (per webinar) is required to attend this event.  Visit our website home page at and click the “Donate” button at the top right hand section of the screen. Suggested donations: Patients/caregivers ($5); SLPs ($10); Physicians ($20).


The NFOSD is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board. All donations, including membership fees, are tax deductible. Benefits of an annual membership include our “Swallowing Disorders can Affect Anyone” tri-fold brochure (including free mailing in the US), a discount on participation in our patient-oriented dysphagia webinars, access to our Medical Advisory and select Foundation board members on an as-needed basis, and inclusion of your NFOSD support on your resume or CV.


Fee Disclaimer:  Fees must be paid online through the secure Network for Good DonateNow system. You can use a PayPal account or a credit card. The fee will be refunded if you end up with a poor Internet connection to the Webinar; it will not be refunded if for some reason your plans change and you could not attend. If you cannot afford the fee and think that the webinar would be beneficial, please email for a fee waiver.

Please add this to your calendar.  All you need is a computer with sound capabilities, a web browser, and a reasonable Internet connection. To sign up, click the link below. Once you fill out the registration, the page will refresh and there will be a confirmation message that your registration was received.


Medical disclaimer. This Webinar is 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) before implementing any course of treatment. Experiences that are new to you should be done with the help of a caregiver and when access to emergency medical care is available.