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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Diversity Fellowships

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Monday, December 5, 2016 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom Central Salon

Session Description

 

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), a part of The Administration on Community Living (ACL), awarded National Training Initiative grants to 14 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to develop diversity fellowship programs to support recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, and build cultural and linguistic competence within their Centers. A total of 28 diversity fellows/trainees participated in the 2015-2016 diversity fellowship programs across the 14 funded UCEDD Centers.

This session will highlight some of the work and/or experiences of the 2015-2016 Diversity Fellows.

Read more about the 2015-2016 Diversity Fellows and their experiences on the AUCD Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit.

 




Presenters

Calling society to supported decision-making: theoretical and legal reasoning
Jessica Walker, Ms., Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD
Dianey Leal, Texas A&M University Leadership Training for Diversity Fellow, College Station, TX, TX - Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD;

Supported decision-making (SDM) is an important alternative to guardianship that gives individuals with developmental disabilities the ability to make their own life decisions. This poster describes the theoretical and legal aspects of SDM. Explore the changes the legal system has implemented demonstrating support for SDM, and navigate through many theories that support SDM and demonstrate that SDM is a better alternative to guardianship for many individuals.


UCEDD Diversity Fellowship at the Westchester Institute for Human Development
Jenean Castillo, PhD, LEND Faculty, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Jenean Castillo, PhD, Valhalla, NY, United States, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Asad Ahmed, MPH, New York Medical College, Wayne, NJ, United States, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Allison Elwell, MS, Stamford, CT, United States, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;

AIDD awarded a National Training Initiative grant to the Westchester Institute for Human Development to develop a diversity fellowship program to support recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, and build cultural and linguistic competence within the Center. This project highlights the skills, knowledge and values gained by fellows, including the development of two community-based projects to enhance cultural and linguistic competency within the local network.

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Including Adults with Hearing Loss in Community-Based and Non-Profit Programming
Dianey Leal, Masters of Public Service and Administration, Ms. , Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD
Jesse Cahil , PhD candidate Biochemistry and Biophysics, College Station, TX, United States;
Laura Stough, PhD in Educational Psychology, College Station, TX, United States;

Local community and non-profit groups frequently sponsor activities such as book clubs, music venues, and other recreational activities. People with hearing loss, especially older adults, frequently experience difficulties in participating in these activities. Community groups need low-cost assistive devices to accommodate people with hearing loss in their activities. We will describe commercial, as well as low-cost, solutions for community groups seeking to accommodate individuals with hearing loss in their activities.


2016 UC UCEDD Diversity Fellowship Experience
Rhyanne McDade, Dr., University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
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This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the scholarly work completed by the diversity fellow at UC UCEDD. Project summaries will provide information on key informant interviews, the creation of a diversity think tank, diversity fellow capstone project and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations. This presentation will also provide recommendations on how UC UCEDD�s research findings could potentially benefit other Centers across the network.


Propelling toward a brighter future through postsecondary education
Alexis Petri, EdD, 1. Propelling toward a brighter future through pos, University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND
Laura Hurse, BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development, Kansas City, MO, United States, MO - University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND;

The University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) Propel program is committed to leading young adults with disabilities to success in education, employment and independence. The Propel program enhances student knowledge as they develop into well rounded young adults who can achieve their life goals.


�Mitakuye Oyasin� (We Are All Related). South Dakota�s Approach to Diversity Fellowships: A Collaborative Cultural-Experiential-Immersion Based Learning Experience.
Eric Kurtz, Ph.D., LEND Program Director, Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Burdette Clifford, M.S., Sinte Gleska University , Mission, SD, United States, SD - Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Whitney Jones, B.A., Sinte Gleska University , Mission, SD, United States, SD - Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Vanessa Sully, Sinte Gleska University , Mission, SD, United States, SD - Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Wendy Parent-Johnson, Ph.D., Sioux Falls, SD, United States, SD - Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

This presentation provides the framework for which the USD Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) and Sinte Gleska University (SGU), a Tribal College on the Rosebud Indian Reservation collaborated to establish a diversity fellowship. A description of the processes of recruiting fellows from tribal communities, establishing collaborative learning experiences and activities, and initial outcomes and impact of the fellowship will be provided.

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LEND and Diversity & Disability Fellowship Programs � A Great Partnership for Building a Better Future Together in Appalachia
Magda Rivera-Dillon, BSME, LPN, MSHS Graduate Student, Diversity and Disability Fellow/LEND Trainee, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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At the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, the Diversity and Disability Fellowship program works in collaboration with the West Virginia Maternal and Child Health LEND program. This poster presentation will cover how this collaboration has greatly benefited the students in both programs by increasing opportunities for Diversity and Disability Fellows for training, clinic/observation experiences and leadership development and by increasing diversity and cultural competence for LEND Trainees.

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Diversity Competence: Tailoring the scope of Cultural Competence education using an innovative self-reflective training curriculum.
Kira Knight, MD,MS, Diversity Fellow, Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND
Kami Knight, MSRS, MSMS, R.T. (R)(MR)(ARRT), CBA, University of Miami - Department of Radiology, Miami, FL, United States;

A critical component to understanding and accepting diversity is self-reflection. Becoming aware of one�s implicit biases, understanding intersectionality of different identities and developing a leader mindset are key components needed to reduce health disparities and foster an environment that promotes a common humanity for all. This presentation showcases an innovative, online training module for healthcare professionals aiming to build diversity competence through intersectionality, implicit bias training and leadership development.


Making Accessibility a Reality: Addressing Communication Needs of non- English-speaking Hispanic Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Jackeline Saez-Rosario, Ms. , Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
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Aiming to reduce communication barriers that currently exist between non-English-speaking Hispanic families of children with special healthcare needs and healthcare service providers, Family Support and Health Care Alliance Delaware (Family SHADE), with support from an AUCD Diversity Fellow, surveyed the functionality of existing services, examined current efforts in addressing the problem, and identified key community members to assist in taking future steps.

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Project Innovate: Connecting Engineering Students with Individuals with Disabilities to Improve Quality of Life
Priscilla Carlson, BSBA, LEND Self-Advocate Fellow, JFK Partners/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, UCEDD/LEND
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This poster will describe the collaborative process of self-advocates and Engineering students connecting to develop solutions to barriers experienced by individuals with disabilities in their daily lives. Presenters will share the mechanism developed for matching self-advocates with students and bring sample inventions created by University of Colorado-Boulder Engineering students to display with the poster.


Utah�s Refugee Population and Disabilities: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Challenges
Eduardo Ortiz, Ph.D, Project Director, Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Eduardo Ortiz, PhD, Logan, UT, United States, UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Teresa Molina, Ph. D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States;
Helene Kalala, MSW, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Mireille Karam, Salt Lake City, UT, United States;

A collaborative project focused on increasing awareness of disability issues within refugee populations in Utah and building disability leadership opportunities for people of refugee immigrant backgrounds. We will describe successful experiences and lessons learned about the complexity and challenges while working with refugee communities on disabilities issues. Two fellows will share their experiences and insights related to the work developed. This initiative represents an opportunity to think and work collectively

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Latino Community of Practice Supporting Children, Youth and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and Special Healthcare Needs
Brenda Liz Munoz, Master of Science, MS, Diversity Fellow | GaLEND Family Fellow/Trainee, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND
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The Center for Leadership in Disability (UCEDD/LEND) has co-established a Latino Community of Practice Consortium Supporting Children, Youth and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and Special Healthcare Needs in metro Atlanta. In addition to implementing the Promotoras de la Salud model to effectively educate and outreach to the growing Spanish-speaking communities across the state of Georgia.


Building a National Latinx/Disability Coalition: A UCEDD Diversity Fellowship Project
Katherine Perez, JD, PhD Candidate, , National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities
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As part of the UCEDD Diversity Fellowship 2016, Katherine Perez Enriquez, a PhD candidate from UIC, collaborated with a Chicago-based Latino/Disability Organization to hold a national conference on May 25, 2016, to discuss the possibility of a national coalition. Katherine will discuss progress to date on the formation of the national coalition, including its successes and weaknesses.


Perspectives from Diverse Leadership in Developmental Disabilities
Oanh Bui, MA, Diversity Fellow, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Paula Sotnik, MA, Boston, MA, United States;

Learn what has been gleaned through interviews with different stakeholders and representatives from state agencies, disability organizations and diverse staff in the DD network. Participants will explore some common challenges faced by disability organizations in increasing diverse leaders; in understanding about inclusion and diversity; in collaborating with community partners; and in using the power one might have to influence change no matter which level of leadership one might serve.


Reducing Disability Stigma in the Arab-American Population by Introducing the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign
Louma Sebaihi, BSN, Nurse, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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Disability is taboo in the Arab-American population. Many have difficulty seeking help and accepting the final diagnosis because of stigma. Early diagnosis and intervention is critical for best outcomes so it is essential to address stigma and help parents act early. This presentation will review our efforts to introduce the world of disability to this population using the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign

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Transition: What does health have to do with it?
Teresa Nguyen, MPH, Diversity Fellow, JFK Partners/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, UCEDD/LEND
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This poster will show on the critical need for effective healthcare transition. Information will highlight how patient-centered care, self advocacy, and effective community partnerships are factors for positive transition outcomes. By integrating the Six Core Elements promoted by Got Transition, this poster will share stories of lived experience and evidence-based strategies for overcoming barriers and achieving successful transition to adulthood.