Leslie Udell

Leslie works as a part time Staff Development Facilitator with an organization that supports adults with an intellectual disability.  She has been with that organization for 30 years, in a variety of positions, and for much of that time her focus has been on aging related issues and supporting people with both an intellectual disability and dementia.

Leslie has her own consultant company and many of her contracts involve dementia screening/assessments for people with an intellectual disability.  She is a contract instructor at Red River College in Therapeutic Recreation for Older Adults.  Leslie has made contributions to books and research papers that focus on dementia for people with an intellectual disability.  She is a Master Instructor for the NTG-Canada Dementia Curriculum.


Session: Towards Building Dementia Knowledgeable Teams

The increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia is not only increasing in the general population but also impacts people with an intellectual disability.  The provision of quality dementia supports requires a well-trained and knowledgeable workforce.  In order to address this need, the NTG-CANADA Consortium offered the NTG Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia curriculum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thornhill, Ontario and Victoria, B.C.  This presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum, including the three-day Provincial Trainer option, and some initial evaluation results from the training.  There will also be recommendations for moving forward.