HURLEYVILLE, N.Y. — On May 6th and 7th, The Center for Discovery® will host the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices’ (NTG) for their upcoming workshop, ‘Dementia Capable Care of Adults with I/DD and Dementia’. This highly interactive and evidence-informed workshop will focus on the key concepts in dementia care. Attendees will learn the most up-to-date information, strategies, and techniques for creating positive outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities (I/DD) and dementia. Specifically, the two-day workshop will aim to provide a deeper understanding of dementia and its effects on people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, the workshop will educate on a greater capacity and confidence to provide dementia-capable direct services to adults with I/DD and dementia, and will provide knowledge of how to develop a dementia-capable environment and programming.

Topics throughout the workshop include an introduction to aging and intellectual disabilities, what is dementia and how does it present differently in adults with I/DD, early detection and screening for dementia (EDSD) in adults with I/DD, diagnostic protocols, shifting from lifespan goals to dementia-capable goals, communication tips and strategies, behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD), non-pharmacologic interventions for behavior, end of life care, and more. The workshop is appropriate those in both disability-related and aging-related agencies including: DSP’s, nurses, psychologists, behavior analysts, adult day staff, OT/PT/Speech/Activity staff, physicians, public guardians, program managers, case workers, and administrative and supervisory staff.  A certificate for 12 contact hours will be provided to all attendees.

“At The Center for Discovery®, we are building a continuum of care that spans all types of complex conditions – from Autism to Alzheimer’s disease. The work we’re undertaking will lead to better understanding about brain health and more targeted treatments for a great number of complex conditions, including dementia, which is why we’re thrilled to host  this workshop,” said Alyce Sherwood, MACCC, SLP, Chief of Adult Programs at The Center for Discovery®.

In addition, for those wishing to become an ‘Affiliated NTG Regional Trainer,’ there is also a three-day ‘Train-The-Trainer’ Workshop on May 6th through May 8th. The first two days of the workshop are comprised of the two-day foundation workshop as described above. The third day is devoted to understanding and delivering the full NTG Dementia Capable Care Curriculum. NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers are authorized to use NTG branded and copyrighted training materials to train within their own agency or organization or to conduct training for outside agencies and organizations.  Affiliated trainers become part of the NTG’s national Affiliated Trainer network and have access to greatly expanded topic modules and training materials, trainer manual, free monthly NTG continuing education webinars, and are mentored by NTG Master Trainers.

Details of both workshops are:

  • Date: May 6th & 7th, 2019 (two-day workshop); May 6th – 8th (three-day workshop)
  • Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm (two and three-day workshops)
  • Cost: $275 (two-day workshop); $475 (Train-the-Trainer three-day workshop)
  • Where: The Center for Discovery®, Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center, Walter’s Way, Hurleyville, NY

To register for the two or three-day workshop, please visit For workshop-related questions, please reach out to Kathleen Bishop, PhD, at For registration-related questions, please reach out to Kathryn Pears, MPPM, at


About The Center for Discovery®:
The Center for Discovery® (TCFD) is a leading provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex conditions, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. Named a Center of Excellence in 2016, TCFD has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. On 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, TCFD houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, TCFD strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations. For more information about TCFD, please visit

About the NTG:
The ‘NTG’ is a coalition charged with ensuring that the interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – as well as their families and friends – are taken into account as part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The NTG is affiliated with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other Partners, such as the Center of Excellence in Aging at the University at Albany and the Gerontology Division of the AAIDD. For more information about the NTG, please visit