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Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities and
the ADA 25th Anniversary

Five ways Google is celebrating
the Special Olympics and #ADA25






Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the continued areas of discussion about services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been around residential supports. In this joint paper, AUCD and AAIDD provide an accessible summary of the research from the past 30 years and recommendations for residential services.



HHS, ED, and Too Small to Fail Release the Talk, Read, Sing Together Every day! Toolkit

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are providing these critical resources to families, caregivers, and early learning providers. Last week, we proudly released "Talk, Read, Sing Together Every Day", a free suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences by providing tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth and extending into the early years.



Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults - United States, 2013

New Report from CDC-NCBDDD

NCBDDD's new report describes the percentage of adults living with disabilities in each state and select functional disability types, and presents estimates of disability by select demographic groups. Health officials and other stakeholders invested in the health and well-being of people with disabilities can use this information to better understand and address the needs of this population in the United States.



AUCD Welcomes Alysa Vos (LoneStar LEND) as the 2015-16 Virtual Trainee

Alysa Vos is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and director of an organization that serves individuals with neurodevelopmental differences in Houston, TX. Alysa became a LoneStar LEND trainee in 2014 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration and advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and special healthcare needs. As the Virtual Trainee, Alysa seeks to continue to strengthen the community of trainees within the network, and facilitate the engagement of trainees through information sharing, networking, social media, and other platforms.



NACDD Releases New On-line Publication on Self-Advocacy "The Art of Impact" Written by and for Individuals with Disabilities

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) during its Annual Conference near Reno, NV today released a new on-line publication on self-advocacy written by and for individuals with developmental disabilities. The publication, "The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Living a Self-Determined Life" was written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD. The publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy.


Public Policy


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

The Senate passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and AUCD staff joined the President to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

House passes Education bill and the Senate continues debate on the reauthorization of ESEA; 21st Century Cures Act passes authorizing more money for NIH research.

Photo by David Sachs / SEIU

AUCD's Statement on the US Supreme Court Decision in the King v. Burwell Case

Today The US Supreme Court released a decision in the King v. Burwell case, which challenged a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).



Rethinking Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Childhood

Rethinking Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Childhood  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of federal and select state data, policies and practices related to suspensions and expulsions of young children in early childhood education programs such as early learning centers, preschool programs and child care, and will provide policy and practice guidance to prevent expulsions from early childhood programs and to mitigate interactions related to behavior that might seem challenging. With federal and state policies under consideration and in current practice, states have a prime opportunity to respond to this significant issue, and this webinar will offer guidance for identifying key strategies in policy and practice that can make a difference.

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AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting

AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Austin, TX

The 2015 Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) will take place October 21-24, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The AACPDM Annual Meeting provides high-quality dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. New Frontiers is the theme for the meeting.

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The Ruderman Inclusion Summit - Registration is Now Open!

The Ruderman Inclusion Summit - Registration is Now Open!  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - Monday, November 2, 2015
Location: Boston, MA

The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in our community to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice, networking and more. The Summit will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and religious life.

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