Former LEND trainees participate in discussion panel (NY LEND)

June 29, 2015

New York Medical College student-created organization CONFIDDE (Collegiate Organization for Further Intellectual and Developmental Disability Education) hosted a panel discussion to discuss topics of self-advocacy, healthcare accessibility and communication with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The panel included professionals from the healthcare field, family members and a self-advocate. Of the 5 panelists, 4 were former WIHD LEND Trainees.

The Collegiate Organization for Further Intellectual and Developmental Disability Education (CONFIDDE) is a club that will increase the exposure and education of future medical professionals in the realm of people with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities (ID/ND). They will be introducing students to professionals from different health-related fields, providing students with opportunities to interact with individuals with ID/ND and their families, and participating in large community events that promote their cause. They believe this will lead to many exciting new opportunities for students at NYMC and will prepare a future generation of medical professionals to better understand and health care for individuals with ID/ND. They are applying to become a chapter of the national organization AADMD (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry).