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. 

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 (October 2022 – November 2022)

When: Friday Mornings (Weekly)

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

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

Below is a list of curriculum topics that are often featured this program.


  1. Moving Forward: Getting HELP with the COVID check in and why it matters
  2. Keeping it all Together: Multiple health conditions, health care communication when working with multiple providers
  3. Building Healthy Lives: Developing healthy routines, keeping them and adapting them
  4. Finding the Balance: Balancing our health needs with our work
  5. Mental Health in Pandemic Recovery: Addressing sadness, frustration, loss and trauma
  6. Embracing Uncertainty and Picking up the Pieces: What happens next and picking priorities


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**Note: Registration for the next round of programs will open in August 2022. 

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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)