Adult Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


ECHO Ontario Adult Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) addresses the intersection of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in adults and mental health concerns. 

The Winter 2023 cycle will have a focus on Autism

This program is for mental health/primary care providers and developmental service providers who support adults with IDD. The curriculum will specifically address the mental health challenges that this population can face as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This ECHO supports healthcare providers in applying the 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines on primary care for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from Canadian Family Physician.


Location: Zoom Videoconferencing

Time: 9:30AM to 11:00AM EST

Length: 6 Sessions (January 20 2023 – February 24 2023)

When: Friday Mornings (Weekly)

Target Audience: Healthcare Providers/Developmental Service Professionals with Experience Working with Adults with or Suspected of Having Autism.

To view curriculum content, please click on the toggle button below.

Below is a list of curriculum topics we are offering for our Winter Cycle on Autism.


  1. Autistic Mental Health in Adulthood – a H-E-L-P-ful overview
  2. Diagnosing Autism in Adulthood – Considerations and Implication for Mental Health
  3. Health Care Communication and Accessing Medical Care and Mental Health Supports
  4. Stress, Anxiety and OCD – Screening, Assessment and Treatment
  5. Depression and Suicidality – Screening, Assessment and Treatment
  6. Key Considerations Around Gender and Sexual Diversity in Autism


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Welcome, Introduction, and Announcements – 10 minutes

Didactic Presentation – 30 minutes

Case Discussion – 45 minutes

Addressing Outstanding Questions and Session Wrap-Up – 5 minutes


Attend 60% of program sessions

Present an anonymized case

Participate in group discussions

Provide feedback through evaluation activities



Our program sessions are run by an inter-professional Hub Team from multiple health organizations across Ontario. 

Please click on the toggle buttons below to see who will be facilitating these sessions.

These individuals make up our AIDD Hub Team:

  1. Sanjeev Sockalingam (Psychiatrist/Co-Lead)
  2. Yona Lunsky (Psychologist/Co-Lead)
  3. Anupam Thakur (Psychiatrist)
  4. Kendra Thomson (Behaviour Analyst)
  5. Sara Marcelin Elliot (Behaviour Analyst)
  6. Angela Gonzales (Advanced Practice Nurse)
  7. Ullanda Niel (Family Physician)
  8. Nadia Mia (Social Worker)
  9. Gill Lefkowitz (Family Representative)
  10. Marissa Blake (Self Advocate)
  11. Nathan Dawthorne (Family Representative)