Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with IDD through Prevention and Training

IAADAPT: Identify and address Alzheimer's and dementia in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through prevention and training

The Sonoran UCEDD was awarded a Janssen Settlement fund from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Prevention and Training. Dr. Yumi Shirai leads the project as principal investigator with co-principal investigator, Dr. Tammie Bassford. Over the next two years, Project I-AADAPT will address an emerging trend and the associated challenges of aging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and detecting dementia symptoms with pre-existing cognitive and neurological conditions. To develop local capacity, Project I-AADAPT has sent core faculty and staff (Shirai, Bassford, Tomasa, Romero and Kushner) to the National Certified Trainer Training for Dementia Capable Care of National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia Practices. The Dementia Capable Care curriculum will be adapted to specific audiences (families, service providers and clinicians) by the I-AADAPT team with the Sonoran UCEDD Community Advisory Council Aging Workgroup including representatives from the Arizona DD Planning Council and Alzheimer’s Association. To improve awareness and knowledge on dementia and IDD, the adapted curriculum will be implemented across Arizona through trainings:

  • 13 for family caregivers (4 hours each, 2 days)
  • 13 for service providers (6 hours each, 1 day)
  • 5 for medical professionals

Project I-AADAPT Team:
Yumi Shirai, PhD - Principal Investigator
Tammie Bassford, MD - Co-Principal Investigator
Melissa Kushner, MSW - Project Coordinator
Tricia Romero - Clinical Project Coordinator
Lynne Tomasa, PhD - Curriculum Consultant

For more information about Project I-AADAPT, please contact Dr. Yumi Shirai at