CA-IDD was created to provide education and resources to families, caregivers, and providers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities are living longer, however, services are underprepared to deal with the aging population of IDD. Public and private organizations have been developing better services for IDD individuals. Despite these services, the IDD population continues to be largely unrecognized as a population affected by disparities. CA-IDD is committed to diminishing these disparities and improving the quality of life of IDD individuals through education, advocacy, and resource information.
R.N / CNS / ACHPN / DNP (c)
Colleen is a clinical nurse specialist focused on advocating for the rights of the IDD community. She holds a national certification in hospice and palliative care nursing and has provide national and international podium presentations on the disparities affecting the IDD population. Colleen grew up connected to the IDD community through her younger brother, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and now with her youngest son, who has cerebral palsy.
Dr. Felicia Hui
M.D. Palliative care
Dr. Hui is a board certified palliative medicine physician. She is active in national palliative care organizations focused on improving quality of life for all individuals with chronic illnesses. She has provide multiple presentations focused on communication strategies that medical professionals can use when caring for IDD individuals.
B.A. / Family advocate
Sue is the director of family services for a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with IDD. Sue has been instrumental in advocating for the IDD community over the last 40 years. She has a special connection with the IDD community as her youngest son has Down Syndrome.
CA-IDD is committed to offering yearly educational meetings to families, caregivers, and providers in collaboration with local non-profit organizations focused on IDD individuals.
CA-IDD's mission is to promote educational opportunities, advocate for progressive policies, and provide resources to families, caregivers, and medical professionals caring of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to support all individuals with learning disabilities to help them achieve a full-filled life.