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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Partners with Cincinnati LEND Program to Improve Access and Inclusion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (CZBG), in partnership with the Cincinnati Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program, was recently awarded a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to advance its goal of becoming one of the nation's most welcoming, accessible, and inclusive zoos for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Anchor for Access and Inclusion project was one of 132 projects selected from 558 grant applications nationally.



Stephen Gilson Awarded University of Maine Trustee Professorship (ME UCEDD)

Stephen F. Gilson, Ph.D., Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Professor of Social Work, has been awarded a University of Maine Trustee Professorship for 2017-2018.



AUCD Summary and Analysis: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publicly released a report to Congress focusing on young adults and transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as mandated by the Autism CARES Act of 2014. The report summarizes existing federal initiatives (across agencies) focused on transition and identifies gaps in research, programs, and services. AUCD has developed this abbreviated summary of key findings as a resource for the LEND and DBP networks.



Support Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Financial donations now being accepted

AUCD is currently accepting monetary donations to help support our Centers and DD networks in Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to meet the needs of people with disabilities in their Territories in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All contributions will be funneled directly to the Territory or Territories that you designate.



Disabilities expert David Mank Featured Speaker at Bipartisan Congressional Briefing (IN UCEDD)

David Mank, former Indiana Institute on Disability and Community director and Indiana University School of Education professor emeritus, was one of four featured speakers at a congressional briefing in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month held on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Washington D.C.



Project SALT Team Presents at Family Cafe 2017 (FL UCEDD/LEND)

The University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development sent six members from the Project Self-Advocate Leadership Training (SALT) Team to the Family Cafe, from June 16th to June 18th of 2017: Shelly Baer, LCSW and founder of Project SALT, Joanne Palenzuela, co-founder of SALT; Damian Gregory, advocate and speaker; Denise Prehay, advocate and SALT Trainer; Tracy Seaton, advocate, Special Olympics athlete and assistant SALT Trainer; and Jairo Arana, advocate and SALT Trainer.



AUCD Welcomes Jalyn Marks as Administrative Assistant

Jalyn Marks is the Administrative Assistant at AUCD. She provides a variety of supports for the office, as well as for specific departments, including the Operations and Development, Web Services, Finance & Grants, Marketing & Public Engagement, and Public Health & Leadership teams.



WI UCEDD Hosts National SOFT Conference

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted part of the 31st annual Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders (SOFT) conference. SOFT provides "support and understanding to families...surrounding the diagnosis and care in trisomy 18, 13 and other related chromosomal disorders." SOFT conferences include educational workshops, access to specialty health care providers, and an opportunity for parents and families of children diagnosed with these genetic conditions to engage in a variety of social activities.



Research Connections in Japan (MT UCEDD)

Dr. Sumi Kato, a Professor from Aomori Chuo Gakuin University and the Research Center for Child Mental Development at the Hirosaki University School of Medicine, visited the Montana and Idaho UCEDDs in September. She is seeking U.S. research partnerships to investigate the similarities and differences of linguistic behavior in autistic children and adults.

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Unifying the TA System for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce (ME UCEDD)

Seventy technical assistance (TA) professionals from a wide range of disciplines who support Maine's diverse early childhood workforce recently gathered in Hallowell, ME for the rollout of Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce: The Process, the Product and the Plan. A technical assistance professional is an individual who provides targeted and customized supports to recipients of TA services through specific strategies or approaches, such as mentoring, coaching, consultation and peer-to-peer networks. These TA professionals adhere to varying regulations and standards and work within multiple settings with early childhood practitioners throughout Maine.



Announcing the REDDy Directory

The REDDy Directory is designed for case managers and individuals with disabilities seeking resources and services provided to Hurricane Harvey survivors. Please visit the REDDy Directory at http://disabilityresources.tamu.edu/



New Leadership: Meet Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Director Jeffrey Neul

On August 1, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) welcomed a new director to lead the Center in addressing its mission of facilitating discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., comes from the University of California San Diego where he was the division head of Child Neurology and vice chair for Developmental Neurosciences.



UCEDDs Collaborate on Webinar Series With Focus on Honoring Spiritual Needs and Gifts

The National Collaborative on Faith and Disability (TN, KY, TX, NJ, GA, VA, UT, MN, MO, CO, OR, CT, IL, & ME UCEDDs) will host the 2017-18 webinar series: Honoring Spiritual Needs and Gifts: From Inertia to Collaborative Action by Providers and Congregations. The series will run monthly, from October 2017-May 2018, and will be free and available for viewing via Zoom.



Speak Up Speak Out: An Inclusive Speech Event Making a Difference (MS UCEDD)

By: Dr. Jerry R. Alliston

Speak Up Speak Out was an inclusive self-advocacy program for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Each morning we began with a few icebreakers allowing each participant to become more comfortable sharing about themselves with the group. Then we moved on to tongue twisters which were a crowd favorite! Everyone got the opportunity to try out the tongue twisters individually which led to a lot of laughs and an easy-going atmosphere. Next, we would go outside for warm ups, which are just short activities to get everyone moving and loosened up. Afterwards, we returned indoors and then split into two groups to develop skits. Each skit was completely original and came from the ideas of everyone in the group. We had a lot of fun creating our scripts and both groups selected the theme of superheroes and using your self-advocacy powers. Everyone enjoyed developing their names for their heroes, and of course, we had to have villains, too. The rest of day one and two focused on finalizing, refining and learning the skits. On the third and final day, we performed the skits for a full house of peers and IDS staff. When the performances were finished, each participant was given a certificate for participating in the Speak Up Speak Out event. All agreed that this experience was a hit!



New Release - #RDSJ Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies

We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.

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