Congratulations to Virginie Cobigo (Principal investigator) and Rosemary Lysaght (Co-researcher) on receiving the AGE-WELL Catalyst grant and New Frontiers grant. Through the AGE-WELL grant, they will be developing a social enterprise that will employ and train persons with cognitive disabilities to provide a suite of services, in French and English, to technology developers (academics and private industry, including start-ups), accessibility professionals (i.e., offering accessibility consulting and assessment), caregivers, as well as policymakers. Through the New Frontiers grant, they will conduct a small-scale implementation of an inclusive approach to R&D with their first confirmed partner, the IT Accessibility office at Employment and Social Development Canada (Government of Canada).
Beatrice Suero is a student in the MSc Biostatistics program at Queen’s University. She is working on an aging-related project entitled “Optimal time for primary care follow-up after hospitalization – older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Stay tuned for results expected in September!
Congratulations to Tori Barabash who received a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) – Institute Community Support Travel Award and an IASSIDD Travel Award to attend the 2019 World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities held in Glasgow this August. She will be presenting her findings on how existing care plans for individuals with IDD who are frail or pre-frail follow the frailty consensus statement recommendations and which areas should be focuses for planners.
Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz is collaborating with researchers from Manitoba and Ontario to study cancer burden and outcomes for Canadians living with IDD. The 4-year project led by Dr. Alyson Mahar at the University of Manitoba and funded by CIHR will rely on health administrative data held in the two provinces. The goal is to determine whether or not Canadians living with IDD are more likely than Canadians who do not have IDD to be diagnosed with cancer; to be diagnosed with incurable cancer; to not receive the right cancer treatment; and to die of their cancer. Read more about the funding at https://bit.ly/2L34fe1.