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Connections - 08.31.23

A New Podcast Episode on I/DD Health, ft. Gabrielle Sedor

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In a new podcast titled I/DD Health Matters with Craig Escudé, MD, host and president of IntellectAbility. Dr. Craig Escudé speaks with a wide range of leaders, self-advocates, agency directors, clinicians, administrators, and others from across the globe involved in designing and facilitating service delivery to people with I/DD.

“The idea is to highlight the work being done to address challenges and to improve support services, especially relating to health and wellness, for people with I/DD, states Dr. Escudé. “Additionally, we want to help people see this field as a place where you can have a rewarding and fulfilling career. You’ll be amazed by the number of guests that started in this field as a direct support professional and now run an agency or state program.”

Currently released episodes include conversations with Dr. Rick Raider with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, who is a physician and pioneer in the field of healthcare for people with I/DD, Gabrielle Sedor, Chief Operating Officer of ANCOR, Michael Seereiter, CEO of NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, and Mary Sowers, Executive Director of NASDDDS.

Upcoming guests include Diane Moore, Executive Director of DDNA, Dr. Maggie Nygren, Executive Director of AAIDD, Pam Merkle, Executive Director of the Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Julian Trollor, Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health, and Head of the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry at UNSW in Sidney, Australia and many, many more.

You’ll also hear interviews with direct support professionals and self-advocates who will share their stories and journeys related to their experiences in the field.

The podcast is presented in collaboration with Friends for Life Residential Care based in Toledo, OH. CEO, Tony Stuart sought out Dr. Escudé as the host of this new podcast because “I was impressed by Dr. Escudé’s knowledge of and compassion for individuals with I/DD as a physician because I saw a lack of empathy and understanding of the individuals I serve at Friends for Life at nearly every medical appointment.”

Tony decided to start podcasting about the field of I/DD services because “I saw a lack of meaningful conversation about how to make the individuals we serve more independent and able to function in day-to-day society.”

You can listen to the podcast on multiple platforms by clicking here. New episodes are released every Monday.

Dr. Craig Escudé is President of IntellectAbility.