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WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally-known experts Claire Lavin, PhD, and Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, will discuss the importance of helping those with intellectual disabilities face illness and grief during Hospice Foundation of America's (HFA's) new live online webinar on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, from 1pm-2pm EDT.

"Persons with intellectual disabilities must have support to cope with normal grief reactions, and caregivers need to understand how to help," states Dr. Doka, Senior Consultant to HFA. Dr. Lavin and Dr. Doka will discuss how persons with intellectual disabilities may respond to the illness and death of a loved one; the challenges involved when those with intellectual disabilities face their own end-of-life situations; and the role that caregivers play in providing education and support. The speakers will also discuss how partnerships between organizations can better serve this population.

Claire Lavin, PhD, is a professor of psychology at The College of New Rochelle in New York. A licensed clinical and school psychologist, she works with children and adults with disabilities in facilities and schools. Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, is a professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle. Dr. Doka has served as a panelist on all sixteen of HFA's Living With Grief National Bereavement Teleconferences. Dr. Lavin and Dr. Doka co-authored Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

"For over sixteen years, HFA has been the leader in presenting high-quality educational programming on hospice care, grief and loss, and end-of-life issues through our annual teleconference," said Amy Tucci, President/CEO of HFA. "This webinar gives organizations a new opportunity to easily access this informative programming."

To register, go to: . Each registration allows one computer to access the live program via a password. Continuing education credits for one credit hour are available for a range of professional boards for the applicable registration fee. The Organization Registration Fee is $75, allowing an unlimited number of viewers to attain credit when viewed from one computer; the Individual Registration Fee is $25 and includes one hour of CE credit for the registered individual. A Bulk Registration is available (10% discount for 5 or more individual registrations) which allows an organization to offer the program to employees or members via their personal computers. To learn more about this exciting new educational offering, contact HFA at 800-854-3402 or

What: Hospice Foundation of America presents "SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES THROUGH ILLNESS, GRIEF AND LOSS" with Dr. Claire Lavin and Dr. Kenneth J. Doka



How: Live over the Internet - Register at address above

Contact: Lisa McGahey Veglahn at

Hospice Foundation of America exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement.

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