Key Info




Fridays Weekly


9:30AM - 11:00AM EST

Target Audience:

Healthcare Providers/Developmental Service Professional with Experience Working with Adults with or Suspected of Having IDD

Start Date:

Jan. 2020

Session Structure:

Introductions & Announcements
(10 Minutes)

Didactic Presentation on a Weekly Topic
(30 Minutes)

Case Discussion
(45 Minutes)

Library Questions & Wrap-Up
(5 Minutes)


Attend Weekly Sessions
(At Least 60%)

Participate in Group Discussions

Present a Client Case

Provide Feedback Through Evaluation Activities

Hub Team:

Sanjeev Sockalingam

Yona Lunsky

Anupam Thakur

Liz Grier
Family Physician

Kendra Thomson
Behaviour Analyst

Nicole Bobbette
Occupational Therapist

Angela Gonzales
Advanced Practice Nurse

Nadia Mia
Social Worker

Lee Steel
Family Advisor

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 program aims to support learning in the following areas: 

(1) Recognize common biopsychosocial factors contributing to addiction and mental health conditions in adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD);  (2) Apply evidence-based assessment approaches and measurement-based tools for common mental health conditions and behaviours that challenge in adults with IDD; (3) Formulate treatment plans for adults with IDD in adherence with current evidence-based best practice guidelines; and (4) Encourage mental health promotion and skill-building in adults with IDD and their support systems.

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.

Any healthcare or developmental service professionals with experience working with adults with or suspected of having IDD are invited to join, including but not limited to: behaviour analysts, developmental service professionals (DSPs), social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, case managers, pharmacists, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. 

Sample Curriculum Schedule

Primary Care Guideline & Help Model Overview

Chronic Disease Management

Aging & Dementia

Supported Decision Making & Consent

Depression & Anxiety - Assessment & Treatment

Suicide Risk & Safety Planning

Medication Prescription & Monitoring

Autism & FASD

Supporting Families Family Interventions

Wellness/Mental Health Promotion

Sexuality & Relationships

Flex Topic (e.g., Addictions, Transitions to Adult-based Services)