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As always, all of our HealthMeet webinars 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.

DDCARES: Preventing and Improving Emergency Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2-3pm EST
Presenter: Yona Lunsky – Associate Professor at University of Toronto

This presentation will explore what happens when individuals with developmental disabilities are in crisis and have to visit their hospital emergency department. What leads to these visits, how can they be prevented, and what can we do to be better prepared when they happen? Ontario’s health care access research in developmental disabilities program has been studying these issues and working closely with hospitals, families, and policy makers to develop solutions. Please join us to learn more about ways to be better prepared in emergency situations.

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Grief, Loss, and Hospice Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, October, 2, 2013 – 2:00 – 3:00pm EST
Presenters: Amy Tucci – President and CEO, Hospice Foundation of America and Kenneth Doka Ph.D. – Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America

This webinar offers an overview of hospice care, grief, grief support and how it can help individuals with intellectual disabilities cope during these difficult times. Throughout the presentation Amy Tucci and Kenneth Doka from the Hospice Foundation of America will touch upon the special issues involving access and services for individuals with ID and focus on the ways that families and persons with ID can more effectively utilize the services of hospice care, such as supportive counseling, pain management, and symptom control as well as grief counseling. Learn about their new CE credited educational program that deals with the challenges of accessing end-of-life care and bereavement support for individuals with ID coming up in late October.

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