We’re kicking off 2014 with a jam packed January full of informative webinars! All of our HealthMeetwebinars are FREE and open to everyone, so we encourage you to share/post this information with others that may also be interested in learning more about these important topics, and there are some great options too for therapy, with resources in the ABA Therapy Denver which offer great options for this.

Understanding Behavioral Changes in Adults with IDD and Dementia
(rescheduled from December)
Date: Tuesday, January 7th at 2:00 – 3:00PM EST

This webinar will dive into the behavioral aspects of dementia in persons with IDD. Dr. Kathie Bishop and Ms. Kathleen Pears will team up to go into detail regarding symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia in this population, and how sensory challenges can often be misinterpreted and associated with dementia. Environmental factors that can contribute to certain behaviors will be introduced as well as changes that you can make in an individual’s environment that will help to reduce specific attributes as well.

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Healthcare Transition for Youth with I/DD: A Review of Research, Policy and Next Steps
Date: Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Samantha Crane

In December 2013, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) released a policy brief on addressing thehealth care needs of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

Join us for this upcoming webinar to learn more as Samantha Crane, ASAN’s Director of Public Policy, discusses concepts from the brief. She will also provide recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care, as well as support in taking on adult levels of autonomy with respect to their own health care needs.

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Seizures: Refractory Seizure Evaluation and Treatment in Adults with I/DD
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Seth Keller, MD

Adults with I/DD often have complex and fragile medical difficulties including seizure disorders. Commonly, seizures are refractory to medication therapy and usage of multiple seizure medications, toxicities, ER visits and associated injuries may occur. The presentation will review these various challenges as well as the difficulties that also contribute to problems with diagnosis, testing, and therapies. Recommendations will be made to help ensure that better outcomes are achieved as well as improvements in quality of life.

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Improving Seizure Outcomes Through Online Seizure Diaries
Date: Wednesday, January 29th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Rob Moss

SeizureTracker.com is an innovative website dedicated to help individuals that have frequent seizures and epilepsy to understand the relationship between their seizures, medications/dosages and daily variables to help reduce seizure activity and understand the triggers. Rob Moss, the Co-Founder of SeizureTracker.com, will share some of the tools and personalized reports the system can generate to help empower patients about their medical needs. These reports can then be shared with your doctors to help them better understand and search for answers to your specific situation to improve daily living.

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Tobacco Cessation for Individuals with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Candice Lee

Smoking is bad for your health. It’s a fact we have all known for a long time now, so why are so many of us still doing it? In this webinar, Candice Lee from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health will reveal the prevalence and patterns of tobacco use in individuals with IDD. She will show the impact that tobacco use can have on your health, finances and other implications it can lead to. Tobacco cessation resources for individuals with IDD and ways to effectively communicate the important message for the need to quit smoking will be given.

Register here.

Please see our HealthMeet® Events page for a full calendar of all our upcoming HealthMeet® events at: www.thearc.org/healthmeet-events.