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 grant from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with intellectual and State of Arizona Attorney General Logodevelopmental disabilities through Prevention and Training. The goal of the project is to 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.

Core faculty and staff from the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities became certified through the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia Practices (NTG) as NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers for Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia .

The Dementia Capable Care curriculum was then 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 Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and Alzheimer’s Association.

The I-AADAPT project began in Fall 2016, and to date has provided:

  • The I-AADAPT modified NTG Dementia Capable Care Training, a nationally recognized training program, to over 430 family members and care providers across Arizona;
  • NTG regional trainer workshop, and
  • 38 member Task Force formation with local partners to improve the support capacity in Arizona

The Task Force has three goals:I-AADAPT Trainers

  • Education/Practical Guide
  • Networking and Policy
  • Cultural/Consideration

NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers Available for Training, Consultation and Technical Advice:

Anand, Rita
Phone: 646-246-3146     
County: Maricopa           

Berry, Ron
Phone: 520-419-9411     
County: Pima    

Carr, Liz
Phone: 623-326-4876

Kushner, Melissa
Phone: 520-603-3051     
County: Maricopa

Tomasa, Lynne 
Phone: 520-626-7823     
County: Pima    

Turner, Tamara
Phone: 623-572-3606     
County: Maricopa           

Webb, Justin
Phone: 951-660-1449     
County: Coconino

Additional Resources:

I-AADAPT List of Resouces

Fact Sheet | Dementia in the I/DD Community 

Project I-AADAPT Team:

Yumi Shirai, PhD - Principal Investigator
Tammie Bassford, MD - Co-Principal Investigator
Melissa Kushner, MSW - Project Coordinator
Lynne Tomasa, PhD - Curriculum Consultant

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