COVID-19 and Intellectual and Development Disabilities Webinar Series
Webinar 3 - Ethics

September 1, 2020 | 1200-1330 hours EDT
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September 1, 2020



Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), such as autism and Down syndrome, are not only more susceptible to COVID-19 but have also been facing greater physical, mental health, and ethical challenges during the pandemic. Bringing together front-line clinicians caring for people with IDD and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties, this webinar series will focus on what has been learnt about this group in relation to COVID-19, the practical implications for their health, and how to move forward. 

Register to join us for the third webinar of this series on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 1200-1330 hours EDT. This webinar will address ethical questions and issues that have emerged in health care and support of people with IDD and their families during the pandemic.


Petra Björne
Researcher, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University
Research & Development Coordinator, City of Malmö, Department for Disability Support
Chair of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Ethics Special Interest Research Group (SIRG)


Prof. Ivan Brown
IASSIDD Vice-President, Policy and Education,
and Director of the Academy for Training, Education, and Research


Prof. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne
Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care, Kingston University & St. George’s, University of London

Dr. Sheila, Baroness Hollins
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability Development,
St. George’s, University of London
Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom
Founder and Editor, Books Beyond Words
Honorary Professor of Spirituality and Health, Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health, University of Durham

Prof. Fintan Sheerin
Associate Professor in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Moderator, Question and Answer Session

Dr. William F. Sullivan
Clinical Lead, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place
Family Physician, St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team
Associate Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
University of Toronto, Canada
Member, IASSIDD Ethics SI

Accreditation Information

Continuing Professional Development has designated this webinar for College of Family Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and by reciprocal agreements for American Medical Association, and European Union of Medical Specialists accreditation. Please see formal and full accreditation statements here.

This webinar series is jointly sponsored by:

We look forward to connecting with you online!



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