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AUCD - SIG: Nutrition

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Monday, November 18, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

Session Description

The Nutrition Special Interest Group of AUCD focuses on nutrition and disability. Members are encouraged to collaborate on and share nutrition resources, relevant health policy updates, issues affecting nutritional health, and more. This year's in-person meeting will feature a presentation by Mary Pittaway on "Transforming the National Information and Referral Services to Become Inclusive of People with ID." Join us as we engage in dialogue and plan for 2020!

For more information on the Nutrition SIG, contact Anet Piridzhanyan.

Presentation Descrdiption
Transforming the national information and referral services to become inclusive of people with ID
Like all of us, people with IDD need a range of resources to achieve and the social determinants of health and to experience community integration. Knowledge of and access to local prevention, medical and community-based disability support services is foundational to the health and well-being of people with IDD including Special Olympics athletes. Special Olympics partnered with the UM Rural Institute identify and test a process to engage with local 211 Information and Referral systems to ensure its services are inclusive for people with IDD. To facilitate partnership with 211 to enhance access to community-based services for people with IDD a procedure manual was developed by the University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities. This manual, "Building a Collaborative Community of Practice to Improve Information and Referral Services with Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Community Stakeholders: A procedures manual for state and local disability organizations, including Special Olympics Programs" is available at

SIGs are made up of individuals in the AUCD network that have common topical interest. SIGs, which are open to anyone in the network, serve as a mechanism for sharing information, engaging in dialogue, and generating new ideas. SIGs are led by one or more individuals from the network (with AUCD staff support if needed); they typically meet in person at the AUCD Conference and may share information via email, conference call, or webinars throughout the year. Because SIGs are driven by the interests of the AUCD membership, new SIGs may emerge while ones that have run their course may disband.

Featured Presenter(s)

Mary Pittaway, a registered dietitian and public health nutritionist, has been involved in public health since 1974. She's worked in state and county governments, non-profit and private organizations and taught with the U of Montana Department of Health and Human Performance. She completed a dietetic internship at Harborview Medical in Seattle, a MA in Communication from the University of Montana. Her public health experience includes work with the MT WIC Program, nutrition services for the elderly, sustainable agriculture, community-based efforts on osteoporosis prevention, vitamin D interventions, diabetes prevention, breastfeeding promotion, inclusive health efforts for people with IDD and Public Health Accreditation. She has served as a Health Promotion Global Clinical Advisor for Special Olympics International for 20 years. Mary can be reached at [email protected] or 406-544-3969.